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    Carbon Pricing Principles

     

    Momentum Recycling was founded on the belief that each of us has the power to make choices that positively impact our environment. Choices related to how we produce, consume and dispose of commodities strongly influence the health of our environment. In fact, forty-two percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from activities associated the production, consumption and disposal of commodities and food  (EPA 2009). Recycling is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to slow climate change, and pursuing zero waste is part of that solution. By managing waste sustainably, businesses can be part of the solution to slowing climate change. However, climate change can’t be addressed by recycling and waste reduction alone – we need to adopt a nation-wide, economy wide, market-based solution to address the causes of climate change.

    Momentum Recycling endorses the Carbon Pricing Principles as a model for this solution. These principles are shared by Business Climate Leaders, the American Sustainable Business CouncilCeres’ Business for Innovation and Clean Energy PolicyPartnership for Responsible GrowthCorporate Climate Alliance, and others, as a values-based way to understand key issues of carbon pricing, as well as a starting point for comparing specific policy proposals.

    Carbon Pricing Principles

     

    Momentum Recycling was founded on the belief that each of us has the power to make choices that positively impact our environment. Choices related to how we produce, consume and dispose of commodities strongly influence the health of our environment. In fact, forty-two percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from activities associated the production, consumption and disposal of commodities and food  (EPA 2009). Recycling is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to slow climate change, and pursuing zero waste is part of that solution. By managing waste sustainably, businesses can be part of the solution to slowing climate change. However, climate change can’t be addressed by recycling and waste reduction alone – we need to adopt a nation-wide, economy wide, market-based solution to address the causes of climate change.

    Momentum Recycling endorses the Carbon Pricing Principles as a model for this solution. These principles are shared by Business Climate Leaders, the American Sustainable Business CouncilCeres’ Business for Innovation and Clean Energy PolicyPartnership for Responsible GrowthCorporate Climate Alliance, and others, as a values-based way to understand key issues of carbon pricing, as well as a starting point for comparing specific policy proposals.

     

    The Principles

    Climate change is real and presents significant risks to economic growth and prosperity.  A transparent price on emissions incentivizes low carbon consumer and business choices, accelerates the commercialization of low-carbon technologies — and is the most efficient way to fight climate change.

    We urge Congress to pass and the President to sign legislation that prices carbon consistent with the following principles. Any such legislation should:

    • Help the U.S. to achieve its 2025 greenhouse gas reduction goals and put U.S. emissions on a path to help keep global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius.
    • Establish an economy-wide system to price carbon emissions.
    • Increase the competitiveness of U.S. businesses globally.
    • Provide 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.
    • Provide flexibility to use complementary policies to reinforce effect of carbon pricing
    • Preserve all families’ access to reliable, affordable energy.
    • Ensure a just transition for affected workers, families, and communities.
    • Incentivize comparable action by other nations.

     

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