Statement Regarding the Expected House Resolution Opposing a Carbon Tax
Arlington, VA | June 08, 2016
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a resolution that would put that body on record in opposition to a carbon tax as a mechanism to address global warming. The Nature Conservancy urges members to vote against the resolution.
The Nature Conservancy endorses the global goal of holding temperature increases to well below 2º C above pre-industrial levels to prevent unacceptable impacts of climate change. Achieving this goal requires significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, including carbon dioxide and other emissions associated with fossil fuel use. The Nature Conservancy believes that the most efficient way to achieve such reductions is through an economy-wide “price on carbon” that accounts for the costs associated with the release of carbon dioxide and other GHGs to the atmosphere, thus helping stimulate the transition to clean energy and energy efficiency. The resolution proposes to limit the ability of the Congress, over time, to consider the possible utility of a carbon tax, its potential benefits in driving pollution reductions, and other policy goals such a tax might make possible.
The Conservancy supports the successful cap and trade programs implemented by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in the Northeast U.S. and under AB32 in California. Currently, over 60 countries, provinces and states globally have instituted some form of carbon pricing, including 7 of the 10 biggest economies. When China implements its emission trading system, 20 percent of global emissions will be covered by carbon pricing of some sort.
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