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.
Senate Passes S2477 Next Generation Climate Policy
On January 30, 2020, Massachusetts Senators passed three climate bills, including S2477 An Act for Next Generation Climate Policy, which:
- commits Massachusetts to net zero emissions by 2050
- requires current and future Administrations to develop economy-wide carbon pricing–or cap and trade–to lower emissions
- removes barriers to low income solar
- requires carbon pricing or cap and trade to be developed equitably and in manner that protects low and moderate income people
Thanks to all the Massachusetts Senators for taking this huge step forward.
Now, the House needs to act.
Morality, Politics & Climate Crisis:
Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light Annual Conference
Where: Temple Shalom, 175 Temple Street, West Newton, MA 02465
When: October 17, 2019, 7:00-9:00 PM
Representative Jennifer Benson the lead sponsor of H.2810, An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure and Reduce Carbon Emissions, and author Roger Gottlieb will speak.
Tickets are $15. For more information and to register, click here.
Our Climate Lobby Day
Where: Massachusetts State House
When: September 25, 2019 10 AM-
Youth from Our Climate keep the momentum going by visiting Massachusetts State House and telling legislators more about carbon pricing and why they want Massachusetts representatives to put a price on carbon and invest in the renewable economy of the future.
Massachusetts Youth Strike–Boston Government Center
Where: Boston Government Center
When: 10 AM Tabling and Gathering; 11:30-1 Rally; March to State House; 1:30-2:30 Action at Massachusetts State House
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.
Youth–college students, teenagers, children–are among the most persuasive voices calling for climate action. We are proud to support and partner with Our Climate, Sunrise, and the Youth Strike.