Action alert! Feb 2016.
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Massachusetts State House
Office of the Governor
Boston, MA 02133
Dear Governor Baker,
I am writing to ask you to take the next step in the history of bold, bipartisan environmental leadership in Massachusetts by supporting a market-based strategy to reduce global warming pollution.
As you know, through the Global Warming Solutions Act, the State of Massachusetts is committed to reducing our overall emissions of global warming pollution in proportion to what the scientific evidence indicates is necessary to protect our climate from global warming, including a cut of 25% by 2020 and by 80% by 2050. Unfortunately, Massachusetts is not currently on pace to achieve these mandates, and stronger policies are needed, especially in areas such as heating and transportation.
One of the reasons we are running behind on our mandates is because the state has yet to fully embrace market-based solutions to address climate emissions. A broad range of economists and policy experts from across the ideological spectrum have long recognized that the most efficient and effective way to reduce climate pollution is through carbon pricing policies that unleash the power of the free market to solve environmental challenges. While Massachusetts has adopted a successful market-based program in the electricity sector through the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, we have yet to adopt any market-based strategy to reduce emissions in other sectors. Market based programs include both direct fees on emissions that can be rebated back to consumers as well as emissions trading systems.
Carbon pricing systems work because they require polluters to take responsibility for their emissions, creating an economic incentive to invest in clean energy and efficiency. Real world examples of carbon pricing systems, such as British Columbia’s revenue-neutral carbon tax, and the emissions trading systems of California and the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, demonstrate that carbon pricing can reduce emissions while creating jobs, growing our economy and protecting consumers.
Moreover, economic analysis done by the state of Massachusetts has demonstrated a market-based solution can be good for our economy, good for poor and middle class consumers, and good for jobs. As a state with no fossil fuel reserves of our own, reducing our reliance on imported oil and gas and building our clean energy sector is both strong economic policy and strong environmental policy.
We urge you to consider supporting a market-based strategy to reduce emissions and incorporating a plan to put a price on carbon emissions into your plan to achieve the state’s climate mandates.
XX, from X organization, resident of X Town