Tag: ‘climate change’

How A Carbon Tax Could Have Prevented The Volkswagen Diesel Scandal

By :: October 13th, 2015

If anyone needed another example of why a carbon tax is a good idea, look no further than Volkswagen’s diesel scandal. The automaker’s efforts to game the current system are a case study in what’s wrong with government attempts to reduce pollution with regulation and tax subsidies, rather than through a relatively straight-forward tax on […]

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Senate Democrats Would Take Some Small Steps To Clean Up Energy Tax Breaks

By :: September 22nd, 2015

A group of 28 Senate Democrats has proposed a major new energy bill that includes what they call significant reforms in the dozens of tax breaks aimed at encouraging the production and use of clean energy. I’ll let real energy policy experts speak to the broader bill, but the tax provisions are worthy of note. […]

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Could a Carbon Tax Prevent The Catastrophic Consequences of Climate Change That Obama Fears?

By :: September 1st, 2015

In recent days, President Obama has painted the risks of climate change in apocalyptic terms.  Speaking in Anchorage, AK on Monday, Obama warned that without quick action to slow or reverse global warming, “entire nations will find themselves under severe, severe problems: More drought. More floods. Rising sea levels. Greater migration. More refugees. More scarcity. […]

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Everything You Should Know about Taxing Carbon

By :: June 25th, 2015

Climate change is hot. From the pope’s encyclical to the upcoming United Nations conference in Paris, leaders are debating how to slow and eventually stop the warming of our planet. We economists think we have an answer: put a price on carbon dioxide and the other gases driving climate change. When emissions are free, businesses, […]

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Bigger, Cleaner, and More Efficient: A Carbon-Corporate Tax Swap

By :: November 21st, 2014

The Cato Institute has organized an online forum to debate pro-growth economic policy reforms. Tax Policy Center scholars Bill Gale, Donald Marron, and Eric Toder have each contributed to the discussion. The United States could reduce its contribution to global climate change and increase domestic prosperity by taxing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse […]

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Could EPA’s New Greenhouse Gas Rules Open the Door to a State-based Carbon Tax?

By :: June 2nd, 2014

EPA’s proposed tough new standards for power-plant emissions of greenhouse gasses opens the door to new state or regional cap-and-trade systems to limit carbon discharges. It is less clear whether it would go the next step and permit states to impose their own carbon tax. The proposed EPA rules, which Brookings senior fellow Barry Rabe […]

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Three Options for Better Climate Policy

By :: May 28th, 2014

Thanks to a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has to do something to control them. But the act is ill-suited to controlling a non-toxic global pollutant. The law requires the EPA to set separate emissions guidelines for each category of existing […]

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Want to Do Something About Greenhouse Gas? Try a Carbon Tax

By :: May 6th, 2014

This morning, the White House released a massive report on the effects of climate change. In sum: The problem is already bad, it is going to get worse, and we need to address it quickly. The science of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change may be clear (though, of course, always evolving). But the policy […]

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New Study: Tax Subsidies Do Little To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By :: July 1st, 2013

The other day, President Obama proposed a modest and largely aspirational plan to respond to climate change. Unlike some of his past efforts, it did not include new proposals for highly targeted tax subsidies aimed at reducing the use of carbon-based fuels by encouraging “green” energy. The tax breaks were missing in large part because […]

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Carbon Taxes: The Levy (Some) Conservatives Love

By :: June 2nd, 2011

You know the Washington Rule: Liberals will never support spending cuts and conservatives will never back tax increases. Yet, there is one new levy that at least some on the right do support—a carbon tax. Backing for this idea has popped up in some interesting places. Most recently, the American Enterprise Institute included it in a […]

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