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U.S. Carbon Price 2014

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Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 9, 2014 08:00 EDT - Jul 20, 2014 11:59 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jul 21, 2014 12:00 EDT - Aug 5, 2014 08:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
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Aug 5, 2014 08:01 EDT - Aug 16, 2014 11:59 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Aug 16, 2014 08:00 EDT - Sep 3, 2014 12:59 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Sep 3, 2014 12:00 EDT - Oct 2, 2014 12:00 EDT
Winners awarded
Winners are announced for the Judges’ and Popular Choice Awards

Oct 2, 2014 12:01 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.

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8 Proposals
May 19, 2017
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A robust, rising fee on GHG emissions, with full dividend and border adjustments, sends a clear market signal reflecting their true costs.
Aug 16, 2014
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Employing a new form of scalable regulation, we can launch a global cap-and-trade today that sidesteps politics and incentivizes the masses.
Aug 16, 2014
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A temperature-indexed, revenue-neutral carbon tax reduces distortionary taxes, deficit, pollution, and the risks posed by climate change.
Aug 16, 2014
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We already have a carbon tax: existing gas and oil taxes. We give some political context for taking the first step on a carbon tax.
Aug 16, 2014
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A carbon tax, zero interest loans, property assessed pay-as-you-save repayments, and a 6% investment for citizens all rolled in to one.
Aug 15, 2014
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Fossil fuel companies set aside the revenue raised from a price on carbon and use it to gain market share in low carbon energy generation.
Aug 7, 2014
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Use a carbon tax for pro-growth tax reform, protecting the poor, deficit reduction, and reducing less efficient policies.
Jul 18, 2014
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Imposing fee equal to social cost of carbon on fuels from public lands would raise price, increasing demand for other sources, upping price