Why do we need a price on carbon?
It's simple. If we make carbon pollution expensive, we'll get less of it. And less carbon pollution means less climate change. Put another way, a price on carbon makes fossil fuels like coal and oil more expensive. And when that happens people switch to cheaper forms of energy like wind and solar. It's THE SOLUTION to climate change.
When companies have to pay to pollute, they create less pollution.
A price on carbon makes renewable forms of energy more affordable.
Anywhere you put a price on carbon you create jobs and generate money.
Carbon pricing is already working in many countries. See where!
Who supports a price on carbon?
Center for American Progress Action Fund
"If there’s one thing that I would like to see, it would be for us to price the cost of carbon emissions."
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Chancellor of Germany
"The emission of harmful greenhouse gases must come at a price. This is the only way that we will make any tangible progress on climate protection."
"Unless we put a price on carbon we are subsidizing those who pollute."
Founder of 350.org
"Almost every idea that might bring us a better future would be made much easier if the cost of fossil fuel was higher—if there was some kind of a tax on carbon emissions that made the price of coal and oil and gas reflect its true environmental cost."
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Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change
"Carbon pricing is a key tool to drive the market to innovate and reduce carbon pollution."
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U.S. Vice President
"The most direct policy solution to the climate crisis is a carbon tax, offset by reductions in taxes on wages."
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"We cannot sit idly by and watch the fossil fuel industry make billions at our collective expense. We must put a price on carbon - now."
Former US Labor Secretary
Robert Reich explains why we need to #PutAPriceOnCarbon and how it works.
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CEO of ExxonMobil
"It is rare that a business lends its support to new taxes. But in this case, given the risk-management challenges we face and the alternatives under consideration, it is my judgment that a carbon tax is the best course of public policy action."
"The idea of not pricing carbon, in my view, means you’re not serious about energy independence. The odd thing is you’ll never have energy independence until you clean up the air, and you’ll never clean up the air until you price carbon."
"Put a price on carbon."
"There is a solution. Putting a price on carbon."
"It seems like such a daunting task to reverse the effects of climate change at this point, and I understand that. But there is a way. What if we put a price on carbon?"
"Put a price on carbon emissions."
Watch: Actor Joshua Jackson discuss why we need to put a price on carbon pollution with scientist Ove Hoegh-Guldberg.
"The time has come to put a price on carbon."
"What’s the solution to climate change? It’s putting a price on carbon. Make polluters pay."
Where is carbon pricing happening?
- Regions with carbon pricing laws
- Regions fighting for carbon pricing
- Organizations fighting for carbon pricing
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