Carbon Pricing Newsletter Archive and Resources

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Issue 6

State Carbon Pricing

The map is taken from Climate XChange. You can learn more about the many state-level proposals and campaigns on their web page

You can find more information about the policy proposal from Renew Oregon
This article from The Oregonian provides details on the political landscape of the bill. 

Rhode Island

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

You can learn more about the GreenAllies program at their website. 

Issue 5

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. 

Issue 4

The Carbon Charge Fund

You can learn more about the Carbon Charge Fund and the Green Revolving Loan Fund on their respective web pages. 

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

Issue 3

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) 

Issue 2 

Swarthmore's emissions

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 Tracker popularized the idea of the Carbon Bubble in their 2013 Unburnable Carbon Report
You can learn more about emissions in the United States from the EPA's 2015 Emissions Inventory

Issue 1 

The Carbon Charge Committee

The Swarthmore Ecosphere Governance Structure page provides more details on the roles and responsibilities of each of the constituent committees. 
The Carbon Charge Committee page also has an updated membership list and the Committee Charge document. 

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