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New location: Health Sciences Room T439
(On May 1 we moved the conference to this new location
so that we could accommodate a larger crowd.)
Sponsored by:


To convene a diverse group of concerned citizens, business and labor leaders, elected officials, students, and scholars to learn about and discuss carbon pricing as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and drive clean energy development.


  1. Successful case studies, such as British Columbia’s revenue-neutral “tax shift.”
  2. Ongoing efforts towards carbon pricing in the U.S., such as the Western Climate Initiative, California’s cap-and-trade system, etc.
  3. Political and technical challenges and opportunities for carbon taxes in the Northwest

(Presentations will be balanced with time for questions, dialogue, and networking).


For more information contact Registration form (free but required) is at the bottom of this page.

AGENDA &  SPEAKERS (as of May 1)


Please allow 5-10 extra minutes to find our room, which is in the T-wing of the Health Sciences Building: Health Sciences Room T439. Most of the building doors will be closed on the day of the conference, so please follow these directions (also in PDF) closely, and in case of disaster call Yoram at 206-351-5719.

  • If you are walking, biking, or busing, the easiest thing to do is find your way onto the Burke-Gilman trail and then walk up onto the overpass that leads directly into the 4th floor of the T-wing; someone will be stationed at the door to let you in.
  • If you are driving, please follow the map on page 4; you will need to pay $5 at the gatehouse, and then you can park underground in the S1 lot; then make your way to street level and—staying outside—walk north up the stairs into the courtyard between Wing F and Wing D; continue until you enter the E-Wing of the Health Sciences building, and then follow the signs to the conference.
  • If you need wheelchair access please call Yoram at 206-351-5719.

SESSION ONE (9-10am)  Introduction

  1. Welcome & comedy [Yoram Bauman, Stand-Up Economist and UW Program on the Environment] (YouTube 1.1, 1.2)
  2. Climate update [Cliff Mass, UW Atmospheric Sciences Professor] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 1.3, 1.4)
  3. Political update: federal, state, regional, state [Bonnie Frye Hemphill, Climate Solutions] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 1.5)
  4. Q&A : 10 min (YouTube 1.6, YouTube 1.7)

Break (10:00-10:10am)

SESSION TWO (10:10-11:10am) Tax policy

  1. British Columbia experience   [Jeremy Hewitt, Climate Action Secretariat, BC] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 2.1, 2.2) [Jeremy Hewitt’s views expressed in these videos do not necessarily reflect those of the Province of BC; also, to clarify a mis-statement in video 2.2, there was not one major business association in BC that opposed the carbon tax.]
  2. How it could work in WA   [Eric de Place, Sightline Institute] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 2.3, 2.4)
  3. Impacts on electricity  [Jim Lazar, energy consultant] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 2.5, 2.6)
  4. Q&A : 10 min (YouTube 2.7, 2.8) [Jeremy Hewitt’s views expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect those of the Province of BC]

Break (11:10-11:30am)

SESSION THREE (11:30-12:30) Revenue options

  1. Tax shift  [Todd Myers, Washington Policy Center] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 3.1, 3.2)
  2. Other spending programs [John Burbank, Economic Opportunity Institute] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 3.3, 3.4)
  3. Fee and dividend [Senator Maria Cantwell staff member Joel Merkel] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 3.5, 3.6)
  4. Q&A : 10 min (YouTube 3.7, 3.8)

LUNCH (12:30-1:15pm, provided by the conference organizers on the Panera pay-what-you-will model)

SESSION FOUR (1:15-2:15pm) Perspectives Panel Discussion

Moderated by Ernique Cerna, host of KCTS 9 Connects

  1. Kimberly Harris, CEO, Puget Sound Energy
  2. Lars Johansson, NW Energy Angels
  3. Llewellyn Matthews, Northwest Pulp and Paper Association
  4. Jim DiPeso, Republicans for Environmental Protection
  5. Bill Messenger, Washington State Labor Council

YouTube 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8
Break (2:15-2:30pm)

SESSION FIVE (2:30-3:30pm) Political context and next steps

  1. A view from D.C. [Jim McDermott (videotaped)]
  2. Polling and voter perceptions [Patrick Leslie] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 5.1, 5.2)
  3. Door-to-door lessons [Bob Jeffers-Schroder] (YouTube 5.3)
  4. Lesson from CarbonWA [Phil Mitchell] (PDF, PPT, YouTube 5.4, 5.5)
  5. Closing thoughts [Lisa Fitzhugh, YouTube 5.5, 5.6, 5.7]

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