Carbon pricing

Stories and op-eds on carbon taxes, tax credits and other carbon pricing

There’s an effective and progressive solution for climate change. Why won’t Democrats embrace it? | Editorial (Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2019)

Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers (Reuters, June 14, 2019)

Big business is not just on board with carbon pricing, it’s lobbying for it (ClimateXchange, May 24, 2019)

The Problem With Putting a Price on the End of the World (New York Times, April 9, 2019)

[Federal] Carbon Tax Plans: How They Compare and Why Oil Giants Support One of Them (Inside Climate News, March 7, 2019)

Green New Deal vs. Carbon Tax: A Clash of 2 Worldviews, Both Seeking Climate Action (Inside Climate News, March 4, 2019)

Want a Green New Deal? Here’s a better one. (Washington Post, Feb. 24, 2019)

Green New Deal: Saving America or turning it socialist? (Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 19, 2019)

Actually, the United States already has a carbon tax (Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2019)

What killed Washington’s carbon tax? (High Country News, Jan. 21, 2019)

‘This is not controversial’: Bipartisan group of economists calls for carbon tax (Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2019)

The latest hurdle for carbon taxes (Axios, Jan. 16, 2019)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is rethinking the carbon tax approach to saving the planet (NBC News, Jan. 13, 2019)

11 policy ideas to protect the planet in 2019 (Washington Post, Jan. 2, 2019)

Forget the Carbon Tax for Now (New York Times, Dec. 27, 2018)

Globe editorial: Do you want a carbon tax, or do you want to be lied to? (The Globe and Mail, Dec. 26, 2018)

British Columbia’s Carbon Tax Is Working (Medium, Dec. 17, 2019)

Republicans say they want free-market innovation. Then they should want a carbon tax. (Washington Post, Nov. 6, 2018)

Green hypocrisy? Washington state voters keep proving it’s not easy being green (Seattle Times, Nov. 23, 2018)

Voters reject carbon tax (mentions CarbonWA statement) (The Lens, Nov. 8, 2018)

Up Against Big Oil in the Midterms | Bill McKibben (New York Times, Nov. 7, 2018)

Fossil fuel money crushed clean energy ballot initiatives across the country (Vox, Nov. 7, 2018)

Washington state voters reject carbon-fee initiative (Seattle Times, Nov. 7, 2017)

Big Oil Kills Carbon Initiative in Washington State (Rolling Stone, Nov. 7, 2018)

Washington Rejects Carbon Fee (Seattle Weekly, Nov. 7, 2018)

Trudeau’s carbon-pricing plan shows real leadership. Here’s how he should sell it. (Washington Post, Nov. 1, 2018)

Editorial: Best Way to Fight Climate Change? Put an Honest Price on Carbon (New York Times, Oct. 29, 2018)

Demystifying That Carbon Fee (The Evergrey, Oct. 25, 2018)

Vote yes on I-1631: Forget ‘Big Oil’ scare tactics (Seattle Times, Oct. 25, 2018)

Big Oil would be the only beneficiary if its big spending takes down I-1631 (Sightline Institute, Oct. 25, 2018)

Would rural Washington benefit from I-1631? (Sightline Institute, Oct. 24, 2018)

The Environment Is on the November Ballot — Here’s Where and What’s at Stake (Desmog, Oct. 23, 2018)

Carbon Fee: ‘For once, this was done right’ (Crosscut, Oct. 18, 2018)

Microsoft supports I-1631 (Microsoft, Oct. 16, 2018)

Are voters ready to tax pollution? (The Hill, Oct. 16, 2018)

The conservative climate fix that conservatives don’t support (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Oct. 16, 2018)

Taxing polluters under Initiative 1631 is a desperate move. Should voters support it? Yes, but … (Tacoma News Tribune, Oct. 15, 2018)

I-1631 could save lives and improve health by reducing pollution (Sightline Institute, Oct. 15, 2018)

No State Has Ever Enacted a Carbon Tax. Washington Voters Might Just Do It Anyway. (Mother Jones, Nov./Dec. 2018)

New U.N. Climate Report Says Put a High Price on Carbon (New York Times, Oct. 10, 2018)

We’re already paying a carbon price. Let’s make it more efficient (Washington Examiner, Oct. 9, 2018)

Bill Gates backs Washington’s carbon-fee Initiative 1631 to fight what may be ‘toughest problem humanity has ever faced’ (Seattle Times, Oct. 9, 2018)

A Green New Deal is on the ballot in Washington state this year (Vox, Sept. 28, 2018)

Moral responsibility behind pollution fee | Maj. Gen. Eric Olson (Kitsap Sun, Sept. 28, 2018)

Washington’s proposed carbon tax: Smart move in a scary time | Jon Talton (Seattle Times, Sept. 28, 2018)

If Washington voters OK a carbon-pollution fee, who decides how to spend all that money? (Seattle Times, Sept. 16, 2018)

A 6-Point Plan for Building a New Carbon Economy (Fast Company, Sept. 14, 2018)

Washington Voters Could Make History in 2018 – and Keep Billions in Revenue In-State (Sightline Institute, Sept. 5, 2018)

Let the people decide (Cascadia Weekly, Aug. 29, 2018)

Will 2018 Finally Be The Year For A Carbon Pollution Price In Washington? (Sightline Institute, July 30, 2018)

Is there a conservative case for a carbon tax? (Christian Science Monitor, July 25, 2018)

Washington state will likely vote on a carbon price in November. The oil industry’s already fighting it. (Grist, July 3, 2018)

Washington Carbon Fee Initiative a Step Closer to November Ballot (, July 2, 2018)

Carbon fee initiative likely headed for Washington’s November ballot (Spokane Spokesman-Review, July 1, 2018)

Carbon fee initiative likely to go before Washington voters in November (Q13 News, July 1, 2018)

Opinion: Here’s How to Break the Impasse on ClimateTrent Lott and John Breaux (New York Times, June 20, 2018)

We are almost certainly underestimating the economic risks of climate change (Vox, June 9, 2018)

We don’t know what climate change will cost — that doesn’t mean we can ignore it (The Hill, May 9, 2018)

A carbon tax that constrains government (Washington Examiner, May 9, 2018)

Defeated in legislature, carbon tax advocates eye Washington ballot initiative (S&P Global, May 7, 2018)

Energy regulators want closer look at utilities’ coal plant costs (Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission News Release, May 7, 2018)

Confessions of a former carbon tax skeptic (Washington Examiner, April 24, 2018)

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal (USA Today, April 22, 2018)

Activists begin collecting signatures for November carbon fee initiative (Redmond Reporter, April 18, 2018)

Initiative ballot title approved: a pollution fee, not a carbon tax (Washington State Wire, April 9, 2018)

Who benefits from a carbon tax? The economic answer may repair its bad rep (Inverse, April 6, 2018)

Globe editorial: Cutting through the populist smoke on carbon taxes (The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2018)

Biofuels can help solve climate change, especially with a carbon tax (The Guardian, March 14, 2018)

Innovative carbon policy makes historic progress in state Senate (Washington Forest Protection Association, March 13, 2018)

Washington state to take carbon price to voters: Q&A with The Nature Conservancy (Argus, March 12, 2018)

7 issues state lawmakers tackled in 2018 — or didn’t (Crosscut, March 12, 2018)

Nothing is certain but death and (maybe?) carbon taxes (Grist, March 12, 2018)

Carbon taxes are coming, and we have colleges to thank (Wired, March 12, 2018)

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Launches Carbon Fee and Dividend Calculator (CCL, March 8, 2018)

Why It’s a Big Deal That Washington State Almost Passed a Carbon Tax (Earther, March 2, 2018)

Washington State’s carbon-tax bill dies in Legislature (Seattle Times, updated March 2, 2018)

Video: Sen. Reuven Carlyle says carbon tax bill doesn’t have the votes in Senate to move forward (KING-TV reporter Natalie Brand, March 1, 2018)

Carbon tax, Inslee’s climate centerpiece, dies in Legislature (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, March 1, 2018)

In a Gamble to Make Climate Change a Political Win, a Governor Pursues a Carbon Tax (New York Times, March 1, 2018)

The future of climate policy is being decided in the Pacific Northwest | David Roberts (Vox, March 1, 2018)

Washington Carbon Tax Bill Clears Key Fiscal Committee (Associated Press, Feb. 23, 2018)

Former Sec. of State John Kerry visits Olympia to promote Inslee’s carbon-tax plan (Seattle Times, Feb. 13-14, 2018)

Governor Jay Inslee Talks Carbon (The Stranger, Feb. 14, 2018)

Budget deal has tax credit extensions for nuclear, fuel cells, carbon capture (Ars Technica, Feb. 9, 2018)

Lawmakers should push forward on carbon-tax plan (Seattle Times, Feb. 5, 2018)

Commentary: Fossil fuel-free future for state is within sight (Everett Herald, Feb. 4, 2018)

Washington state $10-a-ton carbon-tax proposal takes key step in Legislature (Seattle Times, Feb. 2, 2018)

Oil dock rejection sends message to ‘big oil’ | Editorial (The Olympian, Feb. 1, 2018)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Pushes Nation’s First Carbon Tax (WBUR Radio, Jan. 29, 2018)

Washington state panel OKs low carbon fuels standard (Associated Press, Jan. 23, 2018)

Can Gov. Inslee deliver America’s first carbon tax? (E&E News, Jan. 22 2018)

The cost of carbon: Pay now or pay later | Jon Talton (Seattle Times, Jan. 21, 2018)

Ballot Initiative Threat Has Energy Industry Warming to Governor’s Carbon Tax Plan (Seattle Weekly, Jan. 19, 2018)

2018 could see wave of West Coast climate pollution pricing (Reuters, Jan. 17, 2018)

Some Businesses Backing Washington Carbon Tax Measure (Associated Press, Jan. 16, 2018)

‘Our State, Our Destiny’: Gov. Jay Inslee’s 2018 State of the State speech
Complete speech – PDF (Governor’s website) | Summary (Medium) | Video (C-SPAN) (Jan. 9, 2018)

‘It is time to step up:’ Gov. Inslee releases details of proposed carbon tax (Seattle Times, Jan. 9, 2018)

Inslee calls for carbon tax to fight climate change (Spokane Spokesman-Review, Jan. 9, 2018)

Inslee Makes Pitch for Carbon Tax in State of the State (Associated Press, Jan. 9, 2018)

Inslee’s carbon tax announced, House Republicans counter with alternative bill (Washington State Wire, Jan. 9, 2018)

Inslee’s carbon tax would raise costs for consumers, polluters to fund environmental projects (The Olympian, Jan. 9, 2018)

Washington state readies carbon tax push (Axios, Jan. 5, 2018)

Washington governor to try again for carbon price (Argus, Dec. 19, 2017)

PSE plan to cut emissions is a positive first step, and not sufficient (NW Energy Coalition, Dec. 15, 2017)

California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump (Reuters, Dec. 12, 2017)

Fill the gaps in the tax bill with a carbon tax and expanded benefits for working families (Brookings Institution, Dec. 8, 2017)

Opinion: Put a price on carbon pollution (Burlington VT Free Press, Dec. 6, 2017)

Will Washington State Pass the Nation’s First Carbon Tax? (Mother Jones, Nov. 16, 2017)

Virginia regulators approve carbon cap-and-trade plan (Associated Press, Nov. 16, 2017)

Carbon pricing wins in state elections (Argus, Nov. 8, 2017)

Putting value on carbon can lower energy use, campus experiment shows (Yale News, Nov. 3, 2017)

There’s One Unspeakable Fix That Would Help Pay for the GOP’s Tax Cuts (Bloomberg Politics, Nov. 3, 2017)

BC is increasing its carbon tax (Sightline Institute, Sept. 27, 2017)

In our view: United front needed | Editorial (The Columbian, Sept. 26, 2017)

Give voters one plan for carbon tax | Editorial (Tacoma News Tribune, Sept. 21, 2017)

Uh-oh: Dueling carbon initiatives | Editorial (The Olympian, Sept. 19, 2017)

Washington’s tribes might push their own carbon tax initiative in 2018: “We are running out of time” (Tacoma News Tribune, Sept. 16, 2017)

The Nature Conservancy is forging a new coalition to push for statewide climate policy (Seattle Times, September 7, 2017

Columnist Danny Westneat calls for national carbon tax (Seattle Times, August 30, 2017)

Harvey should provoke broader policy discussion | Jennifer Rubin (Washington Post, August 30, 2017)

How Democrats Can Get Trump to Enact a Carbon Tax (New York, August 28, 2017)

Wash. Budget Has Pros and Cons for Environmental Policies (KNKX Radio, July 9, 2017)

Carbon dividends plan gains Exxon’s backing as public climate concern hits new high (Carbon Tax Center, June 20, 2017

Exxon, GM and Pepsi plan to back carbon tax floated by ex-GOP officials (Washington Post, June 20, 2017)

Schultz and Summers: This is the one climate solution that’s best for the environment — and for business (Washington Post, June 19, 2017)

Commentary: Putting a price on carbon buys a healthier state (Everett Herald, June 18, 2017)

Shutting down state government is a really dumb idea (The Olympian, June 17, 2017)

Millennials to Washington State Leaders: Take Action to Back Up Climate Rhetoric (National Geographic Channel, June 10, 2017)

Seattle-based conservation group weighs potential carbon-tax measure (Seattle Times, June 13, 2017)

The Future is Carbon-Priced and the U.S. is Getting Left Behind (Sightline Institute, June 6, 2017)

A conversation with Carbon Washington Exec Director Kyle Murphy (Washington State Wire, May 1, 2017)

A carbon tax is right for environment and economy | Philip Jones and Howard Behar (Seattle Times, April 25, 2017)

Carbon tax helps environment, boosts economy (Moscow-Pullman Daily News, April 26, 2017)

It’s time for states to save the planet: State-level carbon taxes offer a path to the ultimate climate solution. (Huffington Post, April 26, 2017)

Carbon Tax Now, or Carbon Tax Later? Some Say It’s Just a Matter of Time (Seattle Weekly, April 20, 2017)

A carbon tax makes sense for our environment, economy, and state budget | Kyle Murphy and Dave Kozin  (Seattle Business, April 5, 2017)

Elon Musk Says Even Libertarians Should Back A Carbon Tax (Forbes, July 31, 2016)

What to consider when designing a state-level carbon tax (Brookings Institution, July 26, 2016)

Resolution shows carbon tax has momentum (Washington Examiner, June 8, 2016)

Say Yes to a Carbon Tax (Richmond Times-Dispatch, April 26, 2016)

We are running out of time; Congress should put a price on carbon (Seattle Times, March 23, 2016)

Answering a critic of carbon fee-and-dividend (Clearwater Times, Feb. 2, 2016)

Proof That a Price on Carbon Works (New York Times, Jan. 19, 2016)

A Tax on Carbon Pollution Can Benefit Business (Scientific American, Dec. 1, 2015)

Elon Musk says robust carbon tax would speed global clean energy transition (The Guardian, Dec. 2, 2015)

Elon Musk: Only a Carbon Tax Will Accelerate the World’s Exit from Fossil Fuels (Fortune, Dec. 2, 2015)

Yes, Carbon Taxes Cut Emissions (Bloomberg View, Sept. 29, 2014)

No, Carbon Taxes Don’t Kill Jobs (Bloomberg View, Sept. 30, 2014)

Everyone’s favorite climate change fix (Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 29, 2015)

The Republican solution to climate change (The Atlantic, Nov. 16, 2015)

The Most Sensible Tax of All (New York Times, July 4, 2012)

Where Carbon is Taxed (Carbon Tax Center)


Articles on British Columbia’s carbon tax

A Model Carbon Tax (Washington Monthly, August 5, 2016)

Finance Canada pushing federal carbon tax as way to reduce emissions (The Globe and Mail, June 12, 2016)

B.C. mayors: Stronger carbon tax must be top priority for climate plan (Vancouver Sun, April 11, 2016)

Does a Carbon Tax Work? Ask British Columbia (New York Times, March 1, 2016)

British Columbia’s Carbon Tax: By the Numbers (Carbon Tax Center, Dec. 17, 2015)

How British Columbia Gained by Putting a Price on Carbon (Yale Environment 360, April 30, 2015)

British Columbia’s Tax Architects Speak (Carbon Tax Center, March 3, 2015)

A carbon tax that’s good for business? (The Guardian, July 28, 2014)

The shocking truth about B.C.’s carbon tax: It works (The Globe and Mail, July 9, 2014)

British Columbia Enacted the Most Significant Carbon Tax in the Western Hemisphere. What Happened Next Is It Worked. (Mother Jones, Mar. 26, 2014)

All You Need to Know About BC’s Carbon Tax Shift in Five Charts (Sightline Institute, Mar. 11, 2014)

Proof Positive: The Mechanics and Impacts of British Columbia’s Carbon Tax (Clean Energy Canada, 2014)