Can a carbon price really catch on?

Legislators from nine states — including five in New England — are calling for a tax on carbon emissions. The idea is to make pollution part of the price of doing business. The carbon price would put a fee on fossil fuels like coal, oil, or gas. That fee could be economy-wide or confined to one area like power plants. The idea here is that when it costs more to pollute, people do it less.

State Representative Jonathan Steinberg said national and international climate trends are raising interest. “We expect that with each given year we are able to both better educate people — both consumers and legislators — on what we’re trying to accomplish,” Steinberg said. Steinberg and legislators from every New England state except Maine recently announced they’ll raise carbon pricing bills this session. It’s something called the Carbon Costs Coalition.

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