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Why Carbon Taxes Are So Hard To Pass
August 15, 2019
Why Carbon Taxes Are So Hard To Pass Economists love carbon taxes . According to polls, so do roughly two-thirds of Americans. Yet voters in...
How Should The US Spend Carbon Tax Revenue?
January 24, 2019
The debate over a carbon tax is about two big things: The most obvious is whether a tax at politically acceptable levels could significantly slow...
Economists Love Carbon Taxes. Voters Don't.
December 27, 2018
Economists—both liberal and conservative—love carbon taxes. The levies, they say, would create market incentives for people to reduce their consumption of fossil fuels and, more...
How Should Government Return Carbon Taxes To Households?
December 12, 2018
Carbon dividends are the hottest idea in climate policy. A diverse mix of progressive and conservative voices are backing the idea of returning carbon tax...
Bill Nordhaus, The Nobel Prize, And Carbon Taxes
October 10, 2018
Bill Nordhaus, Climate Change, And Carbon Taxes Two events this week raised the profile of carbon taxes. The first was a report by the UN...
The White House’s (Very Brief) Flirtation with a Market-Based Solution to Climate Change
April 7, 2017
For a brief shining moment the other day, it looked as if the Trump Administration was considering a carbon tax. Combined with its aggressive effort...
What Should Government Do With Carbon Tax Revenues?
February 14, 2017
The other day, a high-powered group of former senior Republican policy advisers and business executives proposed replacing regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases with a...
State and Local Issues
Why an unusual coalition defeated Washington state’s carbon tax initiative
November 14, 2016
Last Tuesday, Washington State voters rejected a ballot initiative that would have created the first carbon tax in the United States.
Lessons for the US From Canada’s Ambitious Carbon Tax Plan
October 6, 2016
Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped a bombshell: He’ll require every province to adopt either a carbon tax or develop a carbon...
Exxon, Yes Exxon, Backs a Carbon Tax
June 30, 2016
The Wall Street Journal reported this morning (paywall) that Exxon, the world’s largest producer of fossil fuels, is actively lobbying for a carbon tax. Yes,...
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