Accelerating the Transition to a Decarbonized Economy with the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Abstract

We have solutions today to radically reduce carbon pollution, but we’re not putting those solutions to work quickly and broadly enough to avert catastrophic levels of global warming.  Economists agree that placing steadily rising fees on carbon emissions is the most efficient way to reduce them.  How do we do that in a way that bridges the partisan divide, protects vulnerable households and trade-exposed businesses, and proves durable in coming decades?  Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy offers an elegant solution.  Attendees will learn about how the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763) can help us ensure a livable world for future generations.

Presenter

Jeff Thiel
Principal
Carbon Innovations

Jeff Thiel formed Carbon Innovations recently to promote market-based solutions to the global climate crisis.  Carbon Innovations is pursuing a portfolio of strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of our economy.  Jeff is working with building industry leaders to turn the built environment into a gigaton-scale carbon sink.  He is investing in companies with technologies that are essential for a carbon-neutral economy.   He is advocating for a national carbon fee and dividend policy, and educating students and community groups about the pathways to a thriving, decarbonized economy.

Jeff is an experienced executive and entrepreneur who has built and launched new products and services in industries ranging from PC software to financial services, health care, and K-12 education.  Jeff was a co-founder of three software startups that shipped high-quality solutions on shoe-string budgets.  Jeff worked at Microsoft for 10 years leading product management and development teams in the Windows and Consumer Products Divisions, after starting his career with global management consulting firm Bain & Co. He was a Dean’s Medalist at the University of Washington where he studied Economics and History and received his MBA with honors from the Wharton School.