US Regional Map Western United States Northeastern United States : New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvannia Central United States Southern United States

The South is likely to be the toughest region for a carbon tax to "crack" politically. Its high use of air-conditioning, dependence on coal for electric power, and political conservatism all militate against carbon taxing.

Nevertheless, there may be potential beachheads. Florida and Louisiana have acute vulnerability to both coastal flooding and hurricanes. In Texas and Oklahoma, wind power provides a potential alternative to carbon-based electricity (Texas is the U.S. leader in wind power generation). In Washington, DC, advocates are researching a carbon tax as both a spur to energy efficiency and a revenue source that can tap undertaxed office buildings and not just city residents.

We hope to report on grassroots initiatives supporting carbon taxes in the region in the near future.

Last updated: September 10, 2007