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U.S. Carbon Price 2014

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 9, 2014 EDT - Jul 20, 2014 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jul 21, 2014 EDT - Aug 5, 2014 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Aug 5, 2014 EDT - Aug 16, 2014 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Aug 16, 2014 EDT - Sep 3, 2014 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Sep 3, 2014 EDT - Oct 2, 2014 EDT
Winners awarded
Winners are announced for the Judges’ and Popular Choice Awards

Oct 2, 2014 EDT
How could a national price on carbon be implemented in the United States?

Most experts agree that placing a price on carbon pollution is one of the most effective ways to tackle climate change. A carbon price creates incentives for the development and adoption of innovative low carbon technologies and practices across the economy. This could involve a carbon tax, a cap-and-trade system, rebates, or other solutions, and could be revenue-neutral, meaning it could reduce other kinds of taxes simultaneously. Movement in this direction by the U.S. could facilitate efforts to reach a global agreement on greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Although prior efforts to pass carbon price legislation in Congress have failed, some U.S. states and regions have successfully enacted carbon pricing mechanisms. This contest asks entrants for novel policies, new mobilization strategies, or combinations of the two that could lead to the enactment of a national price on carbon emissions and/or other greenhouse gases, either through action by the U.S. Congress or otherwise.


29  Proposals

Proposal name

Basic CarbonDennis Peterson

U.S. Carbon Management in the Post-Cap-and-Trade Carbon EconomyCarbon Management

Carbon management in the US will require the appropriate economic incentives to enable our economy to efficiently mitigate climate change.

ClimateCoinDennis Peterson

Motivate voluntary carbon offsets with cryptocurrency

Carbon Tax Pricing by Futures ContractsOceanSolutions

Futures contract pricing for the carbon tax provides the most accurate price and would be combined with tax and investment credits.

Global 4C: Empowering Humanity for Carbon Transition with Smart

A proposal for a monetary policy to address climate change and strengthen international cooperation.

The economy is a carbon pump; let's switch it to reverse!Climate Rescue

The economy is set to inflate climate chaos. Let's switch it to pump up a climate rescue!

Use satellite GHG data for proximity-based target allocation using cap-and-tradeMichael Levine

Use satellite GHG data to assign targets via proximity to GHG zones, and reduce price uncertainty via a well-defined cap-and-trade system.

Global Serious Errors of Design and Environmental , Green Standard of the WorldHuynh Phu Dat

Prove environmental laws of 19 countries are wrong . Need political actions . I hope Judges and Fellows understand scientific data

Expanding the Concept of Cap-n-Trade to Other Related CommoditiesMarine BECCS

Carbon trading can be expanded to include a number of critical commodities such as freshwater,sustainable protein & carbon neg. biofuel.

Democrats and environmentalists must show hostility to pricing carbon.Pete Nelson

Pricing carbon is a Republican idea. Democrats and environmentalists need to abandon their support, to give the GOP space to reclaim it.

Tax to Pay ExternalitiesZero Externalities

A tax on carbon emissions should match the cost to sequester the same amount of carbon, or pay more to mitigate the effects of not doing so.

Price Pollution, Cut Carbon: A National Dialogue to Address Climate ChangePCI

This November people of faith, youth, businesses, activists, and environmentalists will join forces to call for a price on pollution.

Climate Action PlanSam Carana

The Climate Action Plan proposes how best to cut emissions locally (in this case in the U.S.), as part of Sam Carana's wider Climate Plan

Act locallyBill Richardson

Tax the coal, oil, power companies but give it back to them if they build solar or wind projects locally

Climate Action PlanSam Carana

The Climate Action Plan proposes how best to cut emissions locally (in this case in the U.S.), as part of Sam Carana's wider Climate Plan

U.S. Government-Shrinking Carbon Business Opportunity ActFreedom Workers

The Carbon Business Opportunity advances conservative principles for free-market individual and government responsibility.

Carbon Reduction RewardCarolin Schellhorn

If firms and households can show that they measurably reduced carbon emissions during the year, they do not pay a carbon tax.

Sky TrustBrent Ranalli

A cap-and-dividend scheme that would limit carbon emissions and put money in the pockets of citizens

Promote Carbon Tax Regulations at the State levelDavid Doucette

Efforts on passing a Carbon Tax should focus on states to demonstrate effective political change similar Gay Rights and Marijuana policy.

Carbon DividendCarbon Dividend team

The fossil fuel tax revenues that today put government in conflict of interest, divided equally among the citizens, would end this conflict.

How Congress should take action on CarbonMMF