Climate XChange, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2013 by a group of concerned citizens who were frustrated by the lack of progress in the fight against climate change. We sought a comprehensive policy solution commensurate with the scale and scope of the problem.
Inspired by the great success of British Columbia’s carbon pricing law, and by the near-unanimous support for carbon pricing among economists and other experts across the ideological spectrum, we decided to focus on market-based approaches to climate change.
In January of that year, the nation’s first state-level carbon pricing legislation was submitted in Massachusetts by Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Tom Conroy. To determine the feasibility of this legislation, Climate XChange (then known as Environmental Tax Reform – MA) commissioned one of the nation’s foremost economic modeling firms, Regional Economic Models, Inc., to model Senator Barrett’s proposal for state-level, carbon fee and rebate policy. The results were exciting. With a policy similar to British Columbia’s, Massachusetts could enjoy similar success: lower emissions, more jobs, and a higher Gross State Product, without burdening low- and moderate-income households.
The founders of Climate XChange started spreading the word by reaching out to public officials, groups and citizens across the state. We supported additional research, and in 2014, joined in a formal coalition with environmental, business and civic organizations that share our goals, the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future.
In 2015, Senator Barrett introduced a revised version of his carbon fee and rebate bill, based on a study conducted for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources. Senate 1747 was “revenue-neutral,” meaning that all revenues would be rebated to households and employers, in a progressive manner.
In October of 2016, CXC merged with the Climate Action Business Association to increase our capacity and influence within the small business sector. A few months later, we acquired the State Carbon Pricing Network, which enabled us to help coordinate other efforts around the United States.
Carbon pollution pricing bills have been introduced into both the House and Senate again in the 2017-18 session of the Massachusetts legislature: H.1726 by Representative Jennifer Benson and S.1821 by Senator Mike Barrett. Both bills were designed with expert assistance from Climate XChange staff.
Massachusetts has a long history of leading the country on the biggest issues, and we believe our state can lead the way again. By providing policymakers and advocates the cutting-edge research and knowledge they need, we can work together to ignite a clean energy revolution and establish a stronger energy foundation for our economy.
Climate XChange has joined a formal coalition of environmental, business, and civic organizations in the Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, to establish economy-wide carbon pricing in Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.campaignforcleanenergyfuture.org
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