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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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.

Politico featured Benson’s bill in a recent column, noting that 106 representatives and senators have signed on to the carbon pricing legislation that Benson introduced in the House.

Both the House and Senate begin the legislative session with new momentum and energy focused on the need to fight climate change.



Featured Events

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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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1 week ago

MA Clean Energy Future

MA Clean Energy Future supports all the young people of the Sunrise movement. Excited to hear about your movement and connect you to ours!The Green New Deal Tour is coming to Boston April 18th!

The goals of the tour are: (1) Give every single American an opportunity to hear from their neighbors about how the Green New Deal will improve their lives (2) counter the lies coming from the Koch Brothers and their allies (3) Grow our movement to transform the 2020 election into a referendum on climate action.

Bring a friend (or two) and don’t forget to register here: bit.ly/Road2GND-Boston

More details here: bit.ly/FB-bos-gnd #sunrisemvmtboston #bostongndtour #road2gnd

We are excited to share the cosponsors of this event:

SEIU 32BJ New England 615
Boston Student Advisory Council
Clean Water Action
UU Mass Action
350 Massachusetts
Massachusetts Climate Action Network
Climate Action Now
Toxics Action Center
Jewish Climate Action Network
climate xchange
Our Revolution Cambridge
Harvard Undergraduates for Environmental Justice
American Friends Service Committee
Frankling County Continuing the Political Revolution
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