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ASBC Supports the Carbon Costs Coalition

On January 31, state legislators from nine states (CT, MD, MA, NH, NY, OR, RI, VT, and WA) announced the formation of the Carbon Costs Coalition, which aims to lead a state-based movement to reduce carbon emissions by utilizing market-based solutions. The coalition was established with the support of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL), an organization ASBC has been partnering with for years on state-based carbon pricing work.

The coalition came together in support of establishing a price on carbon, but each legislator has introduced or is working on a proposal that is tailored to local needs. Senator Mike Barrett from Massachusetts hopes that this coalition enhances movement on carbon pricing saying, “This isn’t just a one-state movement. There is regional support for carbon pricing.”

ASBC supports the formation of the Carbon Costs Coalition and applauds the leadership shown by these state legislators. A price on carbon is the most efficient and effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and it would signal a market shift to cleaner energy, spurring innovation and job growth. A regional approach eliminates any concerns about competitive disadvantage and shows there is momentum around climate action in the states..

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