On April 30, WRI hosted a dynamic town hall discussion about key issues related to pricing carbon in the United States. Putting a price on carbon can provide a clear and consistent economic signal that can help shift market growth in the coming decades toward a climate-smart, low-carbon economy.

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Participants joined the conversation by using the hashtag #priceoncarbon.

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Event Description

The discussion kicked off with highlights from WRI’s publication, Putting a Price on Carbon: A Handbook for US Policymakers, a comprehensive reference guide to the design features, revenue options and economic consequences from different approaches to pricing carbon.

The Handbook is the first in a series of research papers WRI is publishing in 2015 to provide a factual and analytical basis for constructive discussion about this important issue. Future papers will provide a closer look at how carbon pricing can spur innovation, ways to address equity concerns across regions and income groups, and other key issues.

At the event in Washington DC, a bipartisan group of policy makers and thought leaders participated in an important discussion about effective and realistic ways to advance the carbon pricing discourse in the United States. Comments and questions from panelists and audience members were shared.

The event closed with a networking reception.


  • Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Bob Inglis, former South Carolina Congressman
  • David Bailey, Element VI Consulting
  • Greg Dotson, Vice President for Energy Policy, Center for American Progress
  • Michael Obeiter, Senior Associate, US Climate Initiative, World Resources Institute (WRI)
  • Christina Deconcini, Director of Government Affairs, World Resources Institute (WRI)