A Business Climate Forum in San Francisco

In a spectacular meeting of minds at The U.S. Business Case for a Carbon Tax Forum on September 13, 2018 in San Francisco, 250 attendees, including representatives from a range of organizations from ExxonMobil to Green for All, to Steelcase and Citizens Climate Lobby, came together to make the case for a carbon tax. Over 300 people live-streamed the event, an official affiliate event of the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit. Read more.


What: This ½-day Forum explores how carbon taxes tackle climate change, create jobs and stimulate the economy: different carbon tax proposals, current efforts to price carbon in the states and nationally, and best practices for climate advocacy. 

Who:  Elected officials, businesses, foundations, economists, students, environmental and social justice advocacy organizations from the Left and Right at Gap Inc.’s conference facilities. 

Why:  Climate change is wreaking havoc on the U.S. and global economy. GDP lost to climate change may reach $44 T by 2060 (Citigroup). Government action is needed. A tax on carbon emissions is a market-based, foundational simple solution. Conservatives and progressives agree: a carbon tax would reduce GHG pollution, internalize the cost of pollution, stimulate our economy, and help all Americans. 


  • Learn how companies can adopt an internal price on carbon and begin advocating for public policies that address climate change.

  • Get up to speed on current efforts in Congress and in the states to enact a carbon tax in 2019.

  • Understand the pros and cons of various revenue distribution proposals.

You’d be hard pressed to find an economist who would not be supportive of a carbon tax because it is exactly the textbook solution to the problem of climate change.
—-Janet Yellen, former Chair of the Federal Reserve

The Scale of the Climate Catastrophe Will Depend on What Businesses Do Over the Next Decade

Lobby for aggressive pro-climate policies at all levels of government. Today, most companies use their significant lobbying influence (on their own and through trade groups) to fight regulations and defang government. But that has to change in the face of this crisis. The first priority — which the IPCC makes clear — is to put a price on carbon. Companies must lobby for escalating prices on carbon everywhere.”  

— from Harvard Business Review, 10/9/18

The case for valuing carbon is growing louder (even though ‘tax’ is still a dirty word)

"‘Carbon taxes are raising revenues around the world,’ said Helen Mountford, director of economics for the World Resources Institute and program director for the New Climate Economy Initiative, during the GCAS event. ‘It’s also a major incentive to innovate.’” Read more.

— from GreenBiz, 9/24/18

Sponsors of the 9/13/18 Forum