The Carbon Tax Center was founded in 2007 on the belief that the most direct path to decarbonize the world economy lay in enacting a robust U.S. carbon tax and replicating this policy across the globe. A dozen years on, we are expanding our program around a new synthesis: a Green New Deal funded by […]
A carbon tax is a fee on the carbon content of fossil fuels. Though levied “upstream” where the coal, oil or gas is extracted or imported, it charges fossil fuel users for the climate damage their fuel use causes by releasing heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. If the tax or charge is large enough, it will motivate […]
Find out where carbon taxes have been enacted or proposed around the world, including in Canada, Ireland, Australia, Chile, Scandinavia, and Washington State.
Quick answers to 32 key questions about carbon taxes, including why they’re needed to prevent climate catastrophe and how to make them fair.
A clean electricity boom is the main reason U.S. carbon emissions fell between 2005 and 2019. We’ve calculated the CO2 not emitted because electricity usage has flattened instead of growing with economic output. The upshot: “clean electricity” (power savings + renewables) is replacing more coal and pushing out more CO2 than is fracked gas — and […]
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Campaigns for state carbon taxes educate the public and advance the idea on the policy map. A carbon tax in one or more states will create facts on the ground that can appeal to Left and Right alike and upend the climate stalemate. The Carbon Tax Center is out with a new report timed to […]
Read CTC’s Nov. 2015 open letter to Paris climate negotiators signed by 32 luminaries including Nobel laureates in physics and economics and former U.S. cabinet secretaries, calling for a global carbon price.