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.
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.