Pricing Carbon to Fight Climate Change

WED, NOV 4, 2015 (00:00)

An effective way to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases may be to put a price on them—a price high enough to motivate residents and businesses to find ways reduce their output of these gases.

Climate change activists say controlling the burning of fossil fuels is probably the most important issue that humanity faces in this century, and yet bills in the Massachusetts Legislature calling for a price on greenhouse gas pollution have not yet been voted on.

Each of the speakers at this forum are actively working to prevent climate change, and they will discuss the need for a price on carbon in Massachusetts and beyond, as well as how to press the Legislature to make Massachusetts the first state to put it into law.

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+ BIO: Craig Altemose

After realizing the connection between social and economic justice and the world's climate, Craig decided to focus on climate and energy issues in 2006 for two-to-three years. During his graduate student years at Harvard, he helped organize the first Power Shift conference in 2007, bringing 5,000 young people to Washington, D.C. for the nation's first national youth climate conference, and then was the lead organizer on a 500-person Massachusetts Power Shift conference the following spring. In the fall of 2007, he co-founded Students for a Just and Stable Future, a student network which Craig led or co-led from the fall of 2008 through the spring of 2010.

Craig was awarded a Kaufman Fellowship to kickstart his public service career and help launch Better Future Project.

+ BIO: Peter Shattuck

Peter’s work at Acadia Center focuses on cleaning up the energy supply across all sectors of the economy. Driving market-based emissions reductions is at the core of this work, using cap and trade policies such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which Acadia Center has tracked since the program’s early development in the 2000s and which Acadia Center is now promoting beyond the region. Peter also leads parallel efforts to price carbon emissions in the transportation, building, and industrial sectors, and to provide incentives to boost clean energy supply in the electric and thermal sectors. As Massachusetts Director, Peter oversees Acadia Center’s work on grid modernization, electric vehicles, energy efficiency, and renewables in the Commonwealth. Peter received a B.A. in History from Yale, and an M.S. in Environmental Science from Trinity College, Dublin, where he focused on the impact of carbon markets on development in Mexico.

+ BIO: Cindy Luppi

Cindy has worked with Clean Water Action since 1994, helping to coordinate a number of coalitions and community-based efforts to reduce pollution and promote a cleaner, more sustainable economy. She sits on a broad range of steering committees and boards, from national chemical reform efforts to local grassroots groups including HealthLink and the Massachusetts Climate Action Network. Among other clean energy and climate initiatives, she coordinated the Northeast Clean Power Campaign which successfully pressed for clean-up of the region's biggest industrial polluters, the oldest and most polluting coal and oil-fired power plants in New England. She represents Clean Water Action on the Green Justice Coalition which is dedicated to stimulating green jobs creation in growth sectors such as energy efficiency and providing pathways out of poverty in low income communities of color in Massachusetts. She also acts as a senior strategist and steering committee member for the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a national effort dedicated to replacing toxic chemicals in personal care products with safer alternatives. Prior to her work at Clean Water, Cindy coordinated the Cree Speaking Tour for Massachusetts Save James Bay and was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic.

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