For the first time ever, in 2014 a majority of new electricity generation built in the U.S. came from renewable sources. State businesses and community leaders have a terrific opportunity to
accelerate this economic transformation by ensuring that renewable energy is on a level playing field with other energy sources. One key way to achieve a level playing field is to support efforts to put a national price on carbon pollution. Such a policy measure would force high-polluting companies to bear the costs of their pollution.
Today, low-polluting companies and the broader public unfairly bear the costs of others’ carbon pollution — costs that are seen every day as property and natural resources are damaged by sea level rise and intensified storms and floods. By supporting carbon pricing, each state’s businesses and community leaders will take a critical step toward addressing climate change and providing a free and fair marketplace for businesses to compete.