The Washington Post: While the Trump administration continues to consider a withdrawal from the Paris agreement, climate action in the United States is increasingly falling to the state and local level. And now, a handful of states, mainly clustered in New England, are turning to the concept of carbon pricing with a renewed sense of urgency.
Legislators in at least five states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont and Washington, have recently introduced proposals that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by placing a price on carbon in the form of a tax or fee. For most, this is at least the second time such legislation has been proposed. But with a growing national interest in carbon pricing schemes — including from some Republicans in Congress — sponsors say they’re growing more optimistic about their proposals.