Barrett draws on Canadian experience to promote carbon fees State House News

“British Columbia, with its population of about 4.4 million people, first imposed a carbon tax in 2008 as part of the province’s climate action plan. By 2012, the province had hit its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 6 percent below 2007 levels at the same time that British Columbia’s population was growing and its gross domestic product climbed 9 percent.”

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With Mass. Off Track On Emissions Goal, Advocates Seek 1st State Carbon Tax WBUR

“This is carbon pricing,” State Senator Mike Barrett said, “and the idea is to make it a little more expensive to pollute, a little more expensive to buy something that results in the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere — which is the greenhouse gas that causes climate change — make it a little more expensive to do all that, but then you send the money back so that you spend it on something less polluting.”

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Mass. can lead on greenhouse gas reduction Boston Globe

In the The Boston Globe, Mike Ross writes on my bill to combat climate change by pricing carbon:

“The idea of a lone state like Massachusetts getting out ahead of the rest of the country and leading a program of this magnitude might strike some as incredulous. But this is precisely what the Commonwealth has been doing on a host of issues — from marriage equality to health care. Being ahead of the curve is a good thing, especially when our future depends on it.”

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Deeper Ties to Corporate Cash for Doubtful Climate Researcher The New York Times

Well, well. Things just got a little hotter for a recipient of funding to belittle climate change.

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Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds The New York Times

Global warming bell-ringer — a huge shift from the divided public of five or so years ago.

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2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics The New York Times

This just in.  Yikes.  For the urgent consideration of the new Mass. Legislature, I’m proposing “An Act Combatting Climate Change.”  Pollution and health are huge expenses excluded from the prices of “fossil fuels” like coal, oil and natural gas; the taxpayer gets whacked with the expense later on.  If you want to reduce emissions, clean the air and cool the planet, ask us Mass. state legislators to go where British Columbia has already gone — to honest full pricing for fossil fuels.

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The oil price is just plain wrong Reuters

Stated plainly but well, the case for helping the planet by putting a price on pollution — meaning on “carbon.”

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Oil’s swoon creates the opening for a carbon tax The Washington Post

Neat to agree with Larry Summers on something. Tip of the hat to Wayne Davis for spotting this.

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Walden Pond Visitor Center Groundbreaking

The new Walden Pond Visitor Center will showcase the pond’s truly amazing legacy. Earlier this year, the state Legislature authorized $2 million in funding. The groundbreaking kicked off Phase I.

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Under Pressure From Uber, Taxi Medallion Prices Are Plummeting The New York Times

So here’s my take: Cab fares are in the cross-hairs today but that’s just the beginning. Starting with Millennials, car-service apps can jumpstart carpooling, redefine ride-sharing and undercut the logic of single-occupancy driving. Here’s hoping Uber’s Bad Boys don’t turn people off, because Massachusetts needs to encourage these new services — while stoking competition among them and setting minimum safeguards for customers and drivers. The prize is lowering the CO2 costs of passenger trips, a big win in the fight against climate change. Thoughts?

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Climate Change Threatens to Strip the Identity of Glacier National Park The New York Times

One of my favorite National Parks sees its defining glories melting away. Time to put a “price on carbon” — to tax pollution.

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