State Carbon Pricing Network Webinar Archive

Each month, we explore a carbon pricing topic in depth, bringing in experts and pushing forward the conversation. Scroll further to watch our previous webinars and read our recaps on each topic.


How Carbon Pricing Can Further Environmental Justice

A new report released by CXC offers a carbon pricing policy framework that contextualizes the potential role it can play in a just transition to a regenerative, sustainable, and equitable economy. If carbon pricing is to be a central component of climate policy moving forward, it must not only reduce GHG emissions, but also embrace deep overlapping connections with major social and environmental justice issues of our time.

So how exactly can carbon pricing programs improve public health, sustainable development, economic mobility, resilience, and political self-determination in the communities that need it most?

Our webinar features Veronica Eady of California’s Air Resources Board (CARB), Eleanor Fort of Green for All, as well as lead author Jonah Kurman-Faber of Climate XChange discussing the report and what we can learn from California’s experience on cap-and-trade and environmental justice.

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What the Transportation and Climate Initiative Means for State Climate Policy

Since 2017, transportation has become the leading source of greenhouse gas pollution across all US sectors. Meanwhile, Americans suffer from ever-increasing traffic congestion, infrastructural decay, and major deficiencies in how we move people and goods around. The next decade will require bold and rapid solutions to transform the sector, both for the sake of our climate and our daily livelihoods.

Meanwhile, the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), a regional cap-and-invest program for transportation emissions, has emerged as one of the most promising new programs to tackle both GHG emissions and transportation woes in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. However, the effectiveness of the program will depend on how it is designed and implemented in the coming year.

What exactly is TCI? What does the program mean for climate and transportation policy in the region? What role will the pivotal relationship between transportation and climate play in the coming decade to substantially reduce emissions by 2030?

Chris Dempsey of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), Lindsey Mendelson of the Sierra Club, Jordan Stutt of Acadia Center, and Jonah Kurman-Faber of Climate XChange answer and discuss these questions.

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Why Businesses are Backing Carbon Pricing

Earlier this year, top business leaders from across the country — representing more than 2.8 million employees globally — lobbied Capitol Hill to put a price on carbon pollution. It was one of many indications that businesses, big and small, are beginning to recognize that an economy-wide price on carbon is the most efficient and cost-effective tool to achieve necessary emissions reductions. It is also a policy that can generate needed revenue for investments in green infrastructure, clean tech innovation, and ease the transition into the low-carbon economy of the future.

Why is business engagement essential in reducing greenhouse gas emissions? How can advocates, business leaders, and policymakers work together to pass bold climate solutions? How can we elevate the voices of businesses to become leaders in the carbon pricing conversation? Our webinar answers these questions with our guests, leaders from The World Bank and The International Emissions Trading Association.

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A Federal Price on Carbon

The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is a federal proposal to put a $15 fee on every ton of carbon dioxide emitted into the atmosphere (that increases by $10 each year) and rebate all revenue back to Americans. Backed by the grassroots environmental group Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), the bill has gained bipartisan support and more than 40 cosponsors in Congress. Joining to discuss this policy are Adele Morris, Senior Fellow and Policy Director of the Climate and Energy Economics Project at the Brookings Institution, and Daniel Richter, CCL’s Vice President of Government Affairs. The conversation will be hosted by Noa Dalzell, coordinator of the State Carbon Pricing Network.

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The Role of Carbon Pricing in a Just Transition

Communities, particularly those at the intersection of different forms of marginalization and oppression, are shouldering the burdens of climate change and environmental pollution of all kinds. By putting a price on carbon emissions, we are able to shift that burden back to the polluters, who are responsible, and ensure our communities are better served through much-needed investments. Ensuring however, that policy design is intentional and deliberate in taking an equity lens seriously will require work. The webinar features our very own Maria Virginia Olano, host of the Cooler Earth podcast and Michelle Romero, the National Director of Green For All.

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The Case for Conservative Carbon Pricing

Fighting climate change is something that cannot be put on hold, even in an era of extreme partisan gridlock, so how can we better engage people on all sides of the political spectrum?Join us for a webinar on the best practices for bipartisan engagement on the issue of carbon pricing. Featured guests include Alex Bozmoski from RepublicEn, Nader Sobhani from Niskanen Center, and Josiah Neeley from R-Street Institute. All three represent right-leaning think tanks that support carbon pricing, and are eager to share their insight on bipartisan engagement with the carbon pricing community.

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A Conversation on the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal, a suite of economic stimulus programs aiming to address climate change in an equitable way, has been dominating news headlines since its introduction last month. But what does it all really mean? Can this legislation actually pass? How does the GND affect ongoing carbon pricing efforts, and most importantly- the future of our planet? Featuring Evan Weber, the political director of the Sunrise Movement, and David Roberts, the renowned Vox climate change writer. Weber’s Sunrise Movement, a youth grassroots organization, has been leading the charge for strong climate action, and Roberts’ articles break down environmental policy with unprecedented clarity.

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What can we learn from Washington State?

In November, voters in Washington State rejected a ballot initiative that aimed to put a fee on carbon pollution, their second time doing so in as many years. The loss sparked some concern within the environmental community that carbon pricing at the state level just won’t work. But we disagree. Enjoy this debrief on the I-1631 campaign, featuring Beckey Kelley from the Washington Environmental Council, Stephanie Williams from The Nature Conservancy and Greg Rock from Carbon Washington. All three have worked closely on carbon pricing initiatives in Washington State.

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