The idea of taxing carbon emissions raises a host of questions, even to climate advocates who recognize the need for new, creative and more effective energy policies. This page takes you to six key subject areas:
- Benefits & Effectiveness: How far and how fast will carbon taxes drive down carbon dioxide emissions?
- How would carbon taxes differ from carbon “cap-and-trade” systems?
- Implementation: How U.S. carbon taxes would be administered
- Demographics: Why carbon pricing (without revenue return) may disproportionately impact lower income households
- Tax Shifting: Policies to return revenue so carbon pricing won’t harm poor and middle-income households or burden the economy
- Regional Disparities: How can carbon pricing be designed to equalize U.S. regional impacts?
- Border Tax Adjustments: How to prevent non-carbon-taxing countries from gaining unfair trade advantages
Here’s a link to our slideshow — a PowerPoint with some 40 slides covering many basics, especially the need for more than traditional remedies of energy-efficiency mandates and renewable-energy subsidies. (Please allow a little time for loading and page-changing.)
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