Carbon Pricing

Nearly 42 nations and over 25 cities, states, and regions worldwide have enacted policies that charge polluters for carbon emissions, but neither Congress or any  U.S. state has yet implemented an economy-wide price on carbon. Momentum is building for such policies, and leaders are collaborating across state and party lines on mechanisms to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs and improving public health.


State Information Carbon Pricing policies are currently under consideration in six Northeast states





New Hampshire

New Hampshire

New York

New York

Rhode Island

Rhode Island




  • “We could right the dysfunctional market and address climate change in a profound way. Now that would be good for business.”

    Robert Politzer
    President and CEO
    Greenstreet Inc.
  • “Carbon pricing makes sense, it is a simple mechanism that both businesses and consumers can understand.”

    Michael Green
    Executive Director
    Climate Action Business Association
  • “While some debate the cost of a carbon tax, we should recognize that not pricing carbon also has a substantial price tag. For businesses, it’s easier to cope with a known fee or tax than it is to prepare for a massively uncertain future.”

    Julie Gorte
    Senior Vice President of Sustainable Investing
    Pax World Management LLC
  • “Our manufacturing has been affected directly by climate change with hurricanes and the California drought. The good news is that an approach like the carbon tax will make a big difference in reducing carbon—and stimulate the economy."

    Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks
    Earth Friendly Products
  • “We can harness the powers of the free markets while empowering individuals and businesses to reduce their carbon footprint.”

    Chip Comins
    Chairman & CEO
    American Renewable Energy Institute and Founder of AREDAY
  • “We think it’s such a good idea that we’ve even instituted our own tax of $10 USD for every metric ton of our greenhouse gas emissions, from farm to landfill.”

    Ben & Jerry
    Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
  • "Businesses will benefit from putting a price on carbon as it will reduce the very real risks and economic disruptions associated with climate change."

    Richard Eidlin
    Vice President & Co-Founder
    American Sustainable Business Council


ASBC webinar outlining the ‘Business Case for a Carbon Tax’

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ASBC webinar on Become a Leading Carbon Tax Advocate

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ASBC webinar on “The Conservative Case for a National Carbon Tax”

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Webinar: What Are States Doing On Carbon Pricing?

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Facebook and Ben & Jerry’s: Corporate Strategies to Reduce Carbon Pollution

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Carbon Pricing 101 – How Would a Tax/Fee Really Work?

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Climate Action Business Association

Explains the basics of a price on carbon

The Business Case for a Carbon Tax

ASBC video with U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on ‘The Business Case for a Carbon Tax’

Online Resources

A REMI study concluded that a policy in Vermont would cut carbon emissions from heating and transportation by 31% while generating 2,400 new jobs, raising gross state domestic product by $100 million, and adding more than $150 million a year to real disposable personal income. Learn More

ASBC’s PRINCIPLES for Carbon Pricing Learn More

Resources for the Future comparison of six state carbon pricing proposals in 2016 Learn More

Carbon Tax Center recommended policy journals and papers on benefits of pricing carbon. Learn More

Carbon Tax Center brief on rational for and distributional impacts of a New York carbon tax. Learn More

Brookings Institution report on state policy options and opportunities for a carbon tax. Learn More

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources analysis of a carbon fee or tax as a mechanisms to reduce GHG emissions Learn More

State-based Organizations

This website is intended to be a resource for leaders contemplating implementing a price on carbon in their states. If you know of additional resources or information to be included, please contact the NCEL staff.

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