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U.S. Carbon Price 2015

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

Mar 6, 2015 EST - Jun 14, 2015 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

Jun 14, 2015 EDT - Jul 1, 2015 EDT
Proposal revisions
Semi-finalists can improve their proposals

Jul 1, 2015 EDT - Jul 15, 2015 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

Jul 15, 2015 EDT - Aug 3, 2015 EDT
Voting period
Public Voting Period

Aug 3, 2015 EDT - Sep 13, 2015 EDT
Winners are awarded

Sep 13, 2015 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-natural, meaning it could reduce other kinds of taxes simultaneously.

Movement in this direction by the United States 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.


16  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Google It: Novel Strategy To Get Google To Rate Carbon PollutersKate O.

Seeking innovative ways to bring carbon pricing to the US? Think about how we all get our info today—so get Google to rate carbon polluters.

Climate FeeDavid Silverstein

Climate fee for stabilizing climate change by harmonizing carbon pricing across state-based carbon taxes and markets.

Oregon Carbon Cap-and-DividendOregon Climate

Oregon Climate gains traction on novel carbon cap-and-dividend bill with new campaign strategies. Hearings held. Movement building.

Correct the whole market not just carbonClimate Rescue

Given the right price and funding incentives, markets can solve the whole problem not just the carbon/climate symptom.

US Carbon Price: Assigning Carbon Value Through UtilizationCO2 Negative/RCP 2.6

Not all carbon has equal value due to the variances in the environmental effects of the carbon and/or the utilization value of the carbon.

Carbon IncomeDennis Peterson

Fund basic income with carbon fees

Carbon Credits MarketNya Murray

A Carbon Credits Market can be based on CO2 emissions reduction algorithms applied to real-time metrics from the national electricity grid.

Orthogonalism is the only wayOrthogonalists

Fossil Carbon emission is reduced by a DEC (Distributed External Costs) rationing system running orthogonally to market economy. No price!

Why the allocation of Carbon Tax revenue matters more than the costPragmatic Reduction

History shows that incentives to reduce emissions are more effective reducing emissions than simply increasing the price of fossil fuels.

BitTrade: Fair and Inexpensive Cap and Trade with the Blockchain (w/Dividends)Grant Avalon

BitTrade makes Cap and Trade easy and inexpensive to operate and returns dividends by utilizing blockchain technology to sell carbon shares.

Carbon Fee and DividendBen Mates

A gradually increasing tax on carbon-based fuels (at the mine, well, or port of entry); all revenues returned to households as a dividend.

Making "climate change" initiatives attractive to the average citizen.Tracy Belshee

Encourage policy changes that provide tangible solutions to "climate change" that are affordable to the average homeowner.