It’s been a summer like no other here in California. Smoke and destruction from wildfires have already claimed more than 1 million acres in California alone, warmer oceans harbor zombie urchins destroying kelp forests, and the UN just released a new code red on climate change.
Wondering where to look for hope despite the current darkness? Could something as arcane as carbon pricing, a hot topic as Congress seeks to up the ante on climate action, offer a ray of light?
An economy-wide price on carbon promises to reduce carbon emissions quickly and at scale, in a way that is equitable when combined with a carbon dividend that most benefits low-income Americans. Treasury secretary Janet Yellen testified earlier this year that "we cannot solve the climate crisis without effective carbon pricing.” The US is one of only a few major industrialized nations without a national carbon pricing policy.
Carbon pricing and dividends have gained the support of a wide array of groups including: an unlikely bipartisan coalition that unites Goldman Sachs with the World Wildlife Fund, 28 Nobel laureate economists, the Washington Post editorial board; our own Barbara Lee and 80 fellow House members; all five members of Piedmont’s City Council; and thousands of businesses, labor unions, faith groups and other prominent individuals around the country and around the Bay.
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Opening remarks from Piedmont Mayor Teddy Gray King.
A panel discussion and Q&A with: