carbon tax

A carbon tax is one of many possible policy solutions designed to reduce carbon emissions. It’s a  a Pigovian tax – or tax levied with the intention of reducing use (like a cigarette tax). Carbon is present in every hydrocarbon fuel (coal, petroleum, and natural gas) and is released as carbon dioxide (CO2) when they are burnt, which causes global warming.

Carbon taxes offer a potentially cost-effective means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions

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Regional Cap-and-Trade Shown to Save Money While Boosting Economy and Cutting Emissions

When the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was established, organizations like the Institute for Energy Research and the Heritage Foundation argued against any…
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Carbon Pricing Spurs Economic Development in Oregon

The Oregon case shows that, rather than hurting the economy, carbon pricing can fund the economic development in rural America and combat climate…
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EPA Helps Companies Make the Business Case for Green Power

The EPA's Green Power Partnership includes more than 1,300 partner organizations using billions of kilowatt-hours of green power each year. Beyond reducing carbon…
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Introducing the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act

The bill is, in essence, a cap and dividend plan that would collect gradually increasing fees on the “first sellers” of fossil fuels,…
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BP: Put A Price on Carbon, Let The Market Cut Emissions

One of the world’s six major oil and gas companies supports a global price on carbon – and no, this is not an…
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Top 10 Carbon Market Predictions for 2015

Last week, the Climate Trust, a mission-driven nonprofit that specializes in climate solutions, announced its second annual prediction list of 10 carbon market…
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Larry Summers Calls For a Carbon Tax Now

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence "Larry" Summers makes the point that, with gasoline taxes at levels…
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Boulder County Proposes Cannabis Carbon “Tax”

Cannabis carbon emissions? That's what one county in Colorado says is the new carbon epidemic. Growing pot has become popular enough that experts…
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Designed Right, Carbon Taxes Do Not Kill Jobs

Overall, IEEP’s review of nine countries found none where a carbon tax had led to job losses.
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Poll: Carbon Tax Reused for Renewables Could Work for U.S. Voters

Australia's recent repeal of its carbon tax has everybody talking, but not as much as the University of Michigan researchers' latest poll results…
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Former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson Weighs In on the Need for a Climate Tax

Speaking specifically about climate change, Henry Paulson, who served as Treasury Secretary during the George W. Bush administration, says: “This is a crisis…
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Brookings Delves Into Low and No-Carbon Electricity Technologies

Absent a high-enough price on carbon, a carbon tax, or direct levies on fossil fuel suppliers, “nuclear, hydro and natural gas combined cycle…
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A Carbon Tax to Rule Them All

Put simply, a tax shift means to cut one tax and replace it with another—such as to cut income and/or payroll taxes, and…
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Fixing the Broken Compass: Finding Our Way to Natural Capitalism

"The real problem with our [current] economic compass is that it points in exactly the wrong direction," writes Rocky Mountain Institute co-founder and…
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Shell Puts an Internal Price on Carbon Pollution

Shell has a self-imposed carbon pollution price of $40 a ton.