The U.S. should leverage its superior performance in reducing emissions to gain a competitive advantage in global trade, one that can be achieved through a border carbon adjustment, experts said in a recent webinar.

That advantage is profound, said Catrina Rorke, vice president for policy at the Climate Leadership Council and co-author of a 2020 report that analyzes the carbon intensity of economic production.

“On average, the global economy uses 80% more carbon emissions to create the same dollar of value as we do in the United States,” Rorke said during a recent webinar hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). “If you look at trade partners like China, India, Russia, we’re talking about three to four times the amount of carbon emissions to create the same exact goods.” 

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