United Nations Report: Urgent, unprecedented action needed on climate change

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Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040 By Coral Davenport Oct. 7, 2018, The New York Times INCHEON, South Korea — A landmark report from…

Renowned Epidemiologist Supports Carbon Pricing to Protect Climate and Public Health

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“Climate Change,” Letter to Editor, Jamaica Plain Gazette, June 22, 2018 The statistics are shocking – around the world, more than 250,000 people will die every year because of climate…

Senate Passes Carbon Pricing in Historic Step for Massachusetts

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Senate Passes Carbon Pricing in an Historic Step for Massachusetts

Commonwealth Magazine: We Need to Put a Price on Carbon

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Pollution pricing will reduce emissions, boost economy James K Boyce   Raymond S Bradley   May 18, 2018 AS THE STORMS LAST FALL AND WINTER have shown, the impact of extreme weather events…

How Massachusetts can blaze a trail for climate action

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By Mary Robinson   MAY 22, 2018   CLIMATE CHANGE IS the most urgent challenge facing the world today. Its impact is universal, from more severe droughts in sub-Saharan Africa to devastating…

It’s time to act boldly on climate change, easing the terrifying cost of being young

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It’s time to act boldly on climate change, easing the terrifying cost of being young By Claire Halloran  Saturday, February 3, 2018 While Massachusetts students have hoped for a few snow…

Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate Clean Energy Growth

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Mass. Senators Offer Plan To Accelerate Clean Energy Growth By Matt Murphy, State House News Service February 12, 2018 A comprehensive and complex bill written by a leading climate change…

As I See It: A win-win for Worcester, the Commonwealth, and the world

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As I See It: A win-win for Worcester, the Commonwealth, and the world By David Caruso / and Harvey Gould Posted Jan 31, 2018 The City of Worcester recently finished an ambitious…

Mass. Senate ‘Clean Energy Future’ report seeks smorgasbord of climate change solutions

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Mass. Senate ‘Clean Energy Future’ report seeks smorgasbord of climate change solutions By Mary C. Serreze Special to The Republican BOSTON — The people of Massachusetts want more renewable energy, a…

Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

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Mass. needs to put a price on carbon Actions must back words if we want to be a climate leader By Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Jennifer Benson Nov 15,…

League of Women Voters spoke with state lawmakers

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League of Women Voters spoke with state lawmakers Members asked lawmakers to support bills on issues including voter registration and criminal justice reform By Elisha Machado October 24, 2017 BOSTON (WWLP)…

Massachusetts Mulls an Economy-Wide Price on Carbon

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Massachusetts Mulls an Economy-Wide Price on Carbon One of six states considering carbon pricing to combat climate change, Massachusetts weighs two bills that could make the state a trendsetter. By…

Northeastern states moving on carbon pricing

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Northeastern states moving on carbon pricing Most of the New England states, plus New York, are moving toward a carbon pricing effort in light of increasing intransigence at the federal…

Opinion: Putting a price on carbon has benefits

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Opinion: Putting a price on carbon has benefits By Megan Amsler March 27, 2017  The communities within South Coast, Cape Cod and the Islands are geographically defined by water and are…

Carbon fees good for climate and business

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Carbon fees good for climate and business By John Abrams August 23, 2017  Most of us have been exposed to the idea that taking action against climate change will harm business….

Climate Change Talks: Interview with Jennifer Benson from Massachusetts House of Representatives

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Climate Change Talks: Interview with Jennifer Benson from Massachusetts House of Representatives    

Your car is a big environmental nemesis, and Mass. is stepping in

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Your car is a big environmental nemesis, and Mass. is stepping in By David Abel GLOBE STAFF   NOVEMBER 13, 2017 Over the past decade, Massachusetts has made significant progress in reducing its…

Our Turn: The very real impact of climate change in New Hampshire

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  Our Turn: The very real impact of climate change in New Hampshire Senator MARTHA FULLER CLARK and REBECCA HAMILTON Thursday, July 27, 2017 When it comes to combating climate…

Ann Arbor calling on Congress to impose carbon fees to reduce emissions

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  Ann Arbor calling on Congress to impose carbon fees to reduce emissions August 23, 2017 By Ryan Stanton ANN ARBOR, MI – Ann Arbor is calling on federal lawmakers to…

Surge of Carbon Pricing Proposals Coming in the New Year

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Surge of Carbon Pricing Proposals Coming in the New Year The state measures could save hundreds of millions of tons in carbon emissions over the next decade. by James Temple December…

Trudeau government to introduce new law in 2018 to make polluters pay

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Trudeau government to introduce new law in 2018 to make polluters pay By Mike De Souza  November 27th 2017 Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna has confirmed that the free…

Massachusetts House should act on climate change

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Massachusetts House should act on climate change States must step up after US leaves Paris accord ROB A. DELEO Nov 16, 2017 LESS THAN TWO DAYS after Syria signed the Paris…

Mass. needs to put a price on carbon

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Mass. needs to put a price on carbon Actions must back words if we want to be a climate leader  By Senator Michael Barrett and Representative Jennifer Benson  November 15,…

Rep. Jennifer Benson’s bill receives support

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Rep. Jennifer Benson’s bill receives support July 3, 2017 Legislators, activists, academics, clergy members and others gathered on June 20 in the Gardner Auditorium to offer support for Rep. Jennifer Benson’s…

Will Massachusetts Enact a Carbon Tax?

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Will Massachusetts Enact a Carbon Tax? Wednesday, October 11, 2017 By Brook J. Detterman Massachusetts could be the first state in the U.S. to enact an economy-wide carbon tax.  In January…

To love God and neighbor, put a price on carbon pollution

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To love God and neighbor, put a price on carbon pollution By Katy Z. Allen and Margaret Bullitt-Jonas/Guest Columnists Posted Oct 22, 2017 at 4:48 PM As summer drew to a close, the hearts of…

The Lancet Commission on pollution and health

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The Lancet Commission on pollution and health Published: October 19, 2017 Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution…

Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?

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Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one? By Dana Nuccitelli Monday 23 October 2017 A new study finds that Americans are willing to pay an…

A ‘Tax’ Or ‘The Cost Of Pollution’? Mass. Debates Surcharge On Fossil Fuels

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A ‘Tax’ Or ‘The Cost Of Pollution’? Mass. Debates Surcharge On Fossil Fuels September 19, 2017  By Bruce Gellerman Its atomic size and structure make carbon a key component in…

British Columbia government raises carbon tax, corporate tax rate

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VANCOUVER, Sept 11 (Reuters) – British Columbia’s New Democratic government said on Monday it would increase the Western Canadian province’s carbon tax rate by C$5 a tonne from April 1,…

Reducing power plant emissions is not enough

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We need carbon pricing to reach state’s environmental goals By Jamie Garuti and Marc Breslow   Sep 1, 2017 AS A SHELLSHOCKED NATION assesses the damage of Hurricane Harvey, scientists are pointing…

Carbon fees good for climate and business

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By John Abrams Posted Aug 23, 2017  Most of us have been exposed to the idea that taking action against climate change will harm business. Since the more often humans are told…

Benson’s bill will fight climate change

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Benson’s bill will fight climate change Thank you to Rep. Jennifer Benson for being a leader in fighting climate change. She’s introduced a new bill, H1726, An Act to Promote…

Your View: Fishing Partnership Support Services — Pass a price on carbon to protect fisheries and livelihoods

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By J.J. Bartlett Posted Jul 30, 2017  A few years ago, scientists, fishermen and fishing managers concluded that cod stocks were rebuilding off the coast of Massachusetts. This understanding led ground fishermen…

Cities and states must take lead on climate change

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By Jonathan J. Buonocore, Aaron S. Bernstein and Jonathan I. Levy Policies can yield substantial health dividends Jul 29, 2017 CLIMATE CHANGE CREATES risks that scientists have been warning about…

ViewPoint: ​Carbon fee bills make the most economic sense

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March 1, 2017 Boston Business Journal President Harry Truman once complained that he’d like to hire a one-armed economist because he was tired of hearing “On the one hand ……

Massachusetts carbon fee would save $2.9 billion in health costs over two decades, study finds

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Posted on April 27, 2017 at 7:00 AM MassLive BY SHIRA SCHOENBERG A state carbon fee aimed at decreasing pollution would save $2.9 billion in health benefits and 340 lives…

40 countries are making polluters pay for carbon pollution. Guess who’s not.

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This map shows the steady, inexorable spread of carbon pricing. Updated by David Roberts Jun 15, 2017, 9:00am EDT Most people who have given climate change policy any thought agree that…

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January 2018

Carbon Pricing — A Key Solution to a Warming Climate
Where: Room 219, Atwater Kent Lab, 100 Institute Road, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
When: Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 7:00 pm

Learn how MA state-wide carbon fee and rebate legislation will create jobs, provide better health for residents and reduce carbon emissions! Senator Mike Barrett and Representative Jen Benson will speak about the carbon pricing bills they have sponsored in the Massachusetts legislature (S. 1821 and H. 1726) followed by a panel discussion.

More Information Here!

Youth Lobby Day and Rally
Where: Front of State House, then moving to room 437
When: Tuesday, January 23rd, 10:00 am

Adding your voice to the growing number of youth activists fighting to protect our planet is the most effective way to create positive change. Youth leaders from across MA are organizing a day of action including a mosaic project, a rally, and lobbying their elected officials. Anyone under 30 interested in doing even more, consider utilizing the power of art for social change by painting a piece of our mosaic. The mosaic will be made up of over 200 cardboard tiles, contributed by concerned young constituents from across MA.

More Information Here

November 2017

Annual Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light Meeting

Where: First Parish in Framingham, 24 Vernon St, Framingham, MA 01701
When:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 7:00-9:00 pm

Senator Barrett will present details about his carbon fee and rebate proposal and what you can do to help promote his bill at Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light Forum and Annual Meeting

October 2017

September 2017

LWVMA Climate and Energy Solutions Series,”On the Path to 100% Renewable Energy”
Speaker, Dr. Ellen Douglas, will discuss observations of our changing climate, what changes may be in the future for Boston and beyond, and plans for adapting to these changes.

Where: New England Aquarium’s Omni Theater
When: September 14, 7 pm

Additional forums are planned for Winchester Oct. 4 7 p.m., with a presentation on the Health Benefits of Carbon Pricing; Lexington Oct. 19 7 p.m., with a discussion of greening the grid; and Falmouth date and time TBD.

Reducing Emissions by Pricing Carbon: How Microsoft and Yale are leading the charge
A panel discussion on Internal Carbon Funds co-hosted by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and Boston University

Where: Boston University, Metcalf Trustee Center on the 9th floor of 1 Silber Way
When: Thursday, September 21, 4:00-5:30 pm

This is a free event, register here 

August 2017

Webinar with Dr. Bob Litterman
Join a webinar hosted by the LWVUS Price on Carbon Steering Committee and PriceonCarbon.org to learn more about pricing carbon and why scientists, economists and world leaders view pricing carbon as an essential strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

When: Monday, August 28th, 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: Online Webinar, RSVP Here!

June 2017

Grassroots Summit: Saturday, June 10th, Newton MA

Statewide Day of Advocacy: Tuesday, June 13, Massachusetts State House.

April 2017

Boston Students Unite for Climate Action #PutAPriceOnIt
The event beings with a 1 hour screening of “Priceless” from Season 2 of Years of Living Dangerously with an expert panel following the screening and  discussion about how you can support MA Clean Energy Future and get carbon pricing passed this legislative session in Massachusetts!

When: 7:00 pm, April 12, 2017
Where: Bright Family Screening Room, The Paramount Center – Emerson College
559 Washington St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111

More information here

March 2017

Reducing Emissions by Pricing Carbon: How Microsoft and Yale are leading the charge
Learn how Microsoft and Yale are changing their organizational cultures and reducing emissions by embedding the price of carbon into their internal business practices.
This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

When: Due to the weather, this event is being rescheduled. A new date and time will be announced soon.
Where: Boston University, Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

More information here

CLIMATE SOLUTION – BRINGING IT HOME
2017 Citizens’ Climate Northeast Regional Conference
Can our divided nation address climate risk? Lead the new energy economy? The CCL answer is yes! Even now! Find out how!

Where: UMass Amherst Campus Center/Hotel UMass, 1 Campus Center Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003
When: Saturday, March 18, 9:00 am – Sunday, March 19, 12:30 pm

More information here

January 2017

Years of Living Dangerously carbon pricing episode screening
Meet other activists in your community, learn about carbon pricing around the world and in MA… in an entertaining way!

When: Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Where: First Church, 6 Eliot St, Jamaica Plain

More information here

Commonwealth Conversations
The Massachusetts Senate is conducting a “listening tour” of the state, called Commonwealth Conversations – open forums where people can go and tell the Senate what’s on their mind and what they want Beacon Hill to do.

When: January 31st and on-going
Where: Regional forums, check the link below for forum schedule.

More information here

June 2016

Carbon Pricing: The Way to a Clean Energy Future
Learn why carbon pricing is needed to address the climate crisis and what it means for our communities, our health and our economy.

When: Thursday June 16th, 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Winchester Unitarian Society, 478 Main St. Winchester, MA 01890
More information here

May 2016

Carbon Pricing Lobby Day

The Senate is preparing to move on carbon pricing. This May, Senator Rosenberg will be bringing together his membership to decide how carbon pricing should move forward this session. Our senators need to know that their constituents support the policy and want them to take action. That’s why your presence on May 11th is so important. So if we want carbon pricing to move this year, we need to ensure that our senators not only hear our voices and read our words, but also see our faces.

That’s why the MA Campaign for a Clean Energy Future Coalition will be leading a lobby day

When: Wednesday, May 11th, 10 a.m.
Where: Massachusetts State House exact location TBD

Taking Action Against Climate Change: A Carbon Fee for Massachusetts
Speakers Marc Breslow, Acting Director of Climate Xchange, and Cathy Buckley, Chair of Massachusetts Sierra Club will discuss…
* Why we need carbon pricing.
* What carbon pricing is and how it works.
* What it means for Massachusetts and how it will impact us
When: Tuesday, May 3, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Westwood Library, 600 High Street, Westwood, MA
Find out more here!

April 2016

Accelerating the Green Energy Transition at UMass Lowell
A panel made up of a labor representative, environmental, and business speakers
When: Wednesday, April 6th from 3:30-4:45
Where: Follow this link for tickets, directions, and more information

Volunteer District Representatives Grassroots Summit
Join our coalition! Come to this half day summit and learn about how you can serve as a captain and on-the-ground expert for your senate district. Lunch will be provided.
When: Saturday, April 9th from 10 am – 3 pm
Where: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Framingham, MA
Sign up here to let us know you’re coming and for more information

Why Pricing Carbon is Good for your Health
A panel of environmental and health professionals present about the health benefits of reduced air pollution from a price on carbon
When: Monday, April 11th, 12:30-2 pm
Where: Salem State University Martin Luther King, Jr. Room located in the Ellison Campus Center in front of the Alumni Plaza North Campus
Find out more here.  Pizza will be provided!

Go Green Environmental Fair Expo
Workshops, Demonstrations, Exhibits, Learning for all ages
When: Sunday, April 10th, 1:00 pm-5:00 pm
Where: Sinai Temple, Springfield MA
Find out more here!

Carbon Pricing: It’s Time Has Come
This is your chance to learn what carbon pricing is and how it works, why carbon pricing is urgently needed now, and why carbon pricing is good for the Massachusetts economy and for you, for fairness and for economic justice.
When: Wednesday, April 13th 7-9pm
Where: Eliot Church of Newton
Find out more here!