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U.S. Carbon Price

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How could a national price on carbon be implemented in the United States?

Most experts agree that placing a price on carbon pollution is one of the most effective ways to tackle climate change. A carbon price creates incentives for the development and adoption of innovative low carbon technologies and practices across the economy. This could involve a carbon tax, a cap-and-trade system, rebates, or other solutions, and could be revenue-neutral, meaning it could reduce other kinds of taxes simultaneously. Movement in this direction by the U.S. could facilitate efforts to reach a global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Although prior efforts to pass carbon price legislation in Congress have failed, some U.S. states and regions have successfully enacted carbon pricing mechanisms. This contest asks entrants for novel policies, new mobilization strategies, or combinations of the two that could lead to the enactment of a national price on carbon emissions and/or other greenhouse gases, either through action by the U.S. Congress or otherwise. Click here for contest details.

What:
Reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Mitigation)
Where:
United States
Who:
Governments
How:
Political actions

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8/26/14
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A rising fee on GHG emissions, with full dividend and border adjustments, will position the US to lead a global response to climate change.
8/16/14
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Employing a new form of scalable regulation, we can launch a global cap-and-trade today that sidesteps politics and incentivizes the masses.
A temperature-indexed, revenue-neutral carbon tax reduces distortionary taxes, deficit, pollution, and the risks posed by climate change.
We already have a carbon tax: existing gas and oil taxes. We give some political context for taking the first step on a carbon tax.
Use a carbon tax for pro-growth tax reform, protecting the poor, deficit reduction, and reducing less efficient policies.
Imposing fee equal to social cost of carbon on fuels from public lands would raise price, increasing demand for other sources, upping price