About THE PRINCIPLES

The following carbon pricing principles were created, adopted by, and are shared by BCL, the American Sustainable Business Council, Ceres' Business for Innovation and Clean Energy Policy, Partnership for Responsible Growth, Corporate Climate Alliance, the National Ski Areas Association, and others as a values-based way to:

  • Frame the key issues of carbon pricing

  • Compare specific policy proposals

  • Express support for carbon pricing

Endorse the Principles here

THE STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

WE URGE CONGRESS TO PASS AND THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN LEGISLATION, CONSISTENT WITH THE FOLLOWING PRINCIPLES, THAT:

  • Enables the US to achieve its 2025 greenhouse gas reduction goals and puts US emissions on the path keep global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius.

  • Establishes an economy-wide system to price carbon emissions.

  • Increases the global competitiveness of US businesses.

  • Provides a price signal strong enough to reduce the need for future regulation of carbon emissions, while preserving the EPA's present Clean Air Act regulatory authority.

  • Provides flexibility to use complementary policies to reinforce effect of carbon pricing.

  • Preserves all families’ access to reliable, affordable energy.

  • Ensures a just transition for affected workers, families, and communities.

  • Incentivizes comparable action by other nations.