Project Report:
US Forest Carbon Pricing Initiative
- Investigates the causes of economic imbalances.
- Investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-market system.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


With funding from Walker Foundation, CSE will advocate for inclusion of the logging and wood products sector in federal, state, and local climate action plans and regulation of this sector’s climate impacts through market-based solutions. At the federal level, our work will take advantage of opportunities created by Executive Order 140008, the pledge to end deforestation and forest degradation by 2030 and carbon pricing bills in Congress. At the state level, we will focus efforts on executive actions by governors in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and Washington. The Forest Carbon Coalition, co-directed by CSE, will mobilize scientific, community, and conservation organizations to promote climate action agendas at both the federal and state level that includes accounting for logging and wood products sector emissions, a forest carbon tax and reward program, redirection of harmful subsidies, and ecosystem service markets as an alternative to timber to finance public schools and services.


Climate change has been referred to as the most spectacular market failure ever. The market’s failure to incorporate the costs of climate change into prices of wood and paper products supports a tremendous level of over-production, over-consumption, and wasteful land use.

A price on high-emissions logging operations is a critical market-based solution for internalizing the catastrophic costs associated with climate change and rebalancing markets to support efficient use of forests.

CSE has pioneered several market based interventions to help expedite the transformation of industrial forest practices to climate smart alternatives. These include forest carbon tax and reward, subsidy reform, cap and invest, no net loss and climate resiliency plans for large owners. We are working at the federal level and in Maine, North Carolina, Washington and Oregon to advance these through decision making processes now underway.


We are working at the federal level by participating in new regulatory processes initiated by the Biden-Harris Administration via Executive Order 140008 and the new US pledge to end deforestation and forest degradation by 2030. The Forest Carbon Coalition will serve as our primary partner within these processes. Other opportunities at the federal level are emerging as several members of the 117th Congress are floating ideas for strong forest-climate legislation this term. Others are promoting carbon pricing bills that could be amended to include logging and wood products. We are also working at the state level in parallel executive-order processes, primarily in the states of Maine, North Carolina, Washington and Oregon.

Amount Approved
$50,000.00 on 6/29/2022 (Check sent: 7/19/2022)

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Dr. John Talberth
President and Senior Economist, Center for Sustainable Economy

Posted 3/23/2022 12:09 PM
Updated   7/31/2022 2:08 PM

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