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

Learn more below….


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…
Thousands gather at the Price the Polluters Rally in Melbourne, Australia in 2012.

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…

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…

Shell Puts an Internal Price on Carbon Pollution

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

Climate Change Action as a Conservative Issue

While some may cry “deja vu,” there’s another growing movement of Republicans urging cooperation on climate change action. And it makes complete sense.…

Australian Carbon Tax to Go – What Lessons Can Be Learned?

The disparity in price between Australia and Europe - with Australia paying almost six times as much per tonne of carbon as Europeans…
Scientists generally agree that burning fossil fuels has caused atmospheric CO2 levels to rise which has in turn resulted in perilous climate changes.

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Levels Approach Record High 400ppm

For the first time in human history, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide could rise above 400 parts per million throughout much of the…
Carbon Markets

The Global Carbon Market is Taking Shape

How the US and Australia are gearing up for carbon trading.

Almost Official: California’s Cap and Trade Program Finally Linking with Quebec

In this week's Navigating the American Carbon World pre-conference workshop on California’s cap and trade, carbon experts discussed the potential linkage between California…
From Green Buildings to Eco-districts to Eco-cities

From Green Buildings to Eco-Districts to Eco-Cities

The following is a guest post by our friends at Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program (a 3p sponsor) – for the business…
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Shell 2012 Sustainability Report Promises Trust & Action on Environment

This week, Royal Dutch Shell released its 2012 Sustainability Report, which focuses on the environment and social issues around the world.

The UK Landfill Tax Sets the Standard for a Carbon Tax

Looking at the carbon tax debate - what we can learn from other nations who decided an environmental tax can actually help solve…
Carbon pollution

Why We Need A Price on Carbon

Last week, ThinkProgress posted a video that talked about how the storms, wildfires, droughts, and “weather on steroids” that are being caused by…

Entergy: Utilities Should Focus on Climate Change Risk Mitigation

At the 2013 Climate Leadership Conference in DC, Rod West, Executive Vice President at Entergy Corporation urged the 450 attendees to stop focusing…

Bold New Senate Bill Addresses Climate Change

The Climate Protection Act of 2013 proposes a “fee and dividend” structure. The plan would tax carbon-emitting fossil fuels at the sources, but,…