Carbon Pricing Newsletter Archive and Resources
State Carbon Pricing
The EnergizeRI Coalition is the primary advocacy player for the legislation, and provides more information on their website about the proposed Economic & Climate Resilience Act.
This article from EcoRI News provides details on the political landscape for the bill.
GreenAllies Conference 2018
Swarthmore's Role in Global Decarbonization
This Daily Gazette op-ed by Chloe Klaus '19 articulates Swarthmore's positionally in the global policy challenge of tackling climate change.
Massachusetts Carbon Fees
Climate XChange has comprehensive and accessible overviews of both MA bills, the full bill texts, and impact studies.
This Washington Post report overviews several state-level efforts to pass carbon pricing legislation.
This wbur radio segment describes more about the political landscape of the Massachusetts effort.
The jobs impact figure is adapted from Analysis of a Carbon Fee or Tax as a Mechanism to Reduce GHG Emissions in Massachusetts (2014) by several economic, energy, and environment modeling consultants.
The Carbon Charge Fund
You can learn about the Athletics LED upgrade in this op-ed.
Use of revenue from a national carbon price
You can learn more about global revenue use options in Chapter 5 of the Report of the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices.
You can learn about one popular proposal for "Fee and Dividend" from Citizens' Climate.
The Institute for Applied Systems Analysis modeled the impact Citizens' Climate's proposal by income level, concluding that low-income people generally come out ahead.
A variety of answers to the revenue question can be found at the state level:
- California's Cap-and-Trade program uses their auction proceeds for emissions reduction work, improving public and environmental health, and supporting clean energy.
- Carbon Washington spearheaded a ballot initiative in Washington state that would price carbon and cut other state taxes.
- Connecticut has introduced a bill that allocates 25% of revenue to climate resilience, efficiency, and clean energy; 30% to dividends to employers; and 40% to dividends to residents.
- You can learn about other state-level policy proposals at ClimateXChange.
Polling data graphic was from Kotchen et al. in Environmental Research Letters, which you can read here.
The Shadow Price
You can learn more about our shadow price on the web page.
To use the price in practice, we're using a life cycle cost analysis calculator tool to compare net present values associated with different project options. You can download Swarthmore's calculator here.
You can review Swarthmore's detailed pilot proposal document here.
The cost of carbon
The EPA and an interagency working group developed the widely-cited social cost of carbon figure for $40 per ton. You can read about their estimate here.
Moore and Diaz in a paper in Nature developed an estimate that included climate impacts on economic growth rates to derive a cost of around $220 per ton.
You can read about the many other damages left out of both of the above analyses in the report Omitted Damages: What's Missing From the Social Cost of Carbon.
For further reading, check out Chapter 4 of the Report of the High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices. (It's more accessible and engaging than it sounds!)
The Carbon Disclosure Project's Carbon Pricing Corridors report considers an industry insider opinions on the price necessary for a two-degree trajectory in the electric sector.
The International Energy Agency's Perspectives for the Energy Transition Report includes modeled prices necessary for a 66% chance of a two-degree scenario in OECD countries and emerging economies. (See Table 2.1 on Page 54)
In 2010, Swarthmore President Rebecca Chopp signed onto Second Nature's Carbon Commitment, pledging Swarthmore to meet carbon neutrality by 2035.
You can read Swarthmore's first Climate Action Plan from 2012 to meet that commitment.
The Carbon Bubble
The Carbon Charge Committee
Carbon pricing on the global stage
You can read more about the experiences of the Swarthmore delegations at the Conferences of the Parties at the blog site.
You can learn about the status and new developments of national and subnational carbon pricing policies around the world at Carbon Pricing Watch 2017.
You can learn about the history and context of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on the UNFCCC timeline page.