Our Campaign for Carbon Pricing

Putting a price on carbon is the single most effective way to reduce the emissions that are causing global warming while keeping more of our energy dollars in Massachusetts, growing our own economy, and building a stronger, more reliable energy foundation based on local renewable energy.

The Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future is a growing coalition of environmental, business, faith and civic organizations dedicated to passing carbon pricing legislation and assuring that Massachusetts continues its national clean energy leadership.

How Carbon Pricing Would Work in MA

Right now, fossil fuel companies can use the common air we all breathe as a free dumping ground for their pollution, the same emissions that are causing global warming, and the rest of us are picking up the tab in the form of increased respiratory disease, health and food costs, and extreme weather damage.  We don’t pay these costs when we buy fossil fuels, but we pay them at the doctor’s office, the grocery store, and in our insurance premiums.

In Massachusetts, carbon pricing legislation would correct this failure and help us move to an economy based on a stronger, more reliable foundation of renewable energy.  It would charge a fee to those who import fossil fuels into the state.  The fees likely would be passed on to residents and businesses, and encourage everyone to switch to lower cost alternatives.  But since no one wants to raise the overall cost of living and doing business, the revenues from those fees would be collected in a special fund and then sent directly on to residents and businesses, in the form of “rebates.”  The less anyone spent on fossil fuels, the more of the rebates they would keep.

Every year, Massachusetts sends $20 billion out of state to import the fuels that are damaging our health and environment and making us more vulnerable to climate change.  Carbon pricing legislation will help us shift to renewable energy and keep more of that money here at home, where it can grow more businesses and jobs.

Carbon pricing has been successful in countries all over the world.  Massachusetts has always been a leader when it comes to championing innovative ideas and legislation. Let’s take this opportunity to show the rest of the country that the United States can address one of the greatest threats of our time while boosting the economy.

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A few of the over 1200 tiles painted by MA youth in response to the question: What do you stand to lose to climate change?

New Carbon Pricing Bills Introduced in Massachusetts Legislature for ’19/20 session

Massachusetts legislators Jennifer Benson and Michael Barrett have introduced new carbon pricing bills.

House: Representative Jennifer Benson and 107 cosponsors introduce H.2810 An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

Senate: Senator Michael Barrett continues to lead in the Senate, introducing S.1924, An Act Combating Climate Change.



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Massachusetts Right Whale Mosaic with Our Climate

Where: Boston Common in Front of the Massachusetts State House (24 Beacon Street)

When: June 22, 2019, 10 AM-1 PM

What: Assemble the world’s largest mosaic of a Right Whale, the Massachusetts state whale, made up of  over 1000 tiles painted by Massachusetts youth.  Each tile depicts something that will be lost due to climate change.  Youth are building the whale to call attention to the climate crisis and demand that Massachusetts legislators ACT NOW to pass a carbon price.

More info: Our Climate Whale Mosaic


Carbon Pricing Forum with Representative Jennifer Benson

Where: First Church Unitarian Universalist, 6 Eliot Street, Jamaica Plain

When:  Wed, February 6, 2019, 7:00-9:00 P.M.

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MA Clean Energy Future

Our Climate making a splash for carbon pricing! NPR story below. #rightwhalerightway #PutAPriceOnItUn. Be. Lievable. We assembled 1,201 pieces of Climate Art into a 108ft Right Whale Mosaic in front of the Massachusetts statehouse yesterday to inspire bold, science-based climate policy at the state level! Check out this morning's NPR story. #rightwhalerightway #PutAPriceOnIt

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