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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 28, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]

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When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 2: 6 Tips for Improving Climate Change Policy

July 24, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

The repeal of Australia’s carbon tax last week put the political obstacles to establishing a price on carbon in stark relief. Yet the news from Canberra is just the most dramatic manifestation of a set of powerful political economy forces that can fundamentally constrain efforts to put a price on carbon.[read more]

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Should the U.S. Implement a New 'Value-Added Carbon Tax' to Replenish the Federal Highway Trust Fund?

July 23, 2014 by John Miller
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Carbon Taxes and Highway Funding

As Congress struggles to develop revenue generation solutions for needed Highway and Roads infrastructure projects the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Is it time to consider generating needed, long-term revenues by implementing a new tax such as a ‘value-added carbon tax’?[read more]

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Why Does Politics Keep Getting in the Way of Pricing Carbon? - Part 1

July 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Carbon Pricing and Politics

If you ask an economist the best way to combat climate change, you are very likely to get a pretty simple answer: put a price on carbon. Tax fossil fuels in proportion to the amount of carbon they release. Make coal, oil and natural gas more expensive.[read more]

Former Bush Treasury Secretary: We Can Prevent A 'Climate Crash' With A Carbon Tax

June 24, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Climate Risk and Carbon Taxes

The choice is apparent to all but the most extreme head-in-the-sand idealogues: We can learn from science and from the mistakes of the past, take on the “climate bubble” now, and unleash the power of innovation to spur the next industrial revolution.[read more]

Carbon Pricing vs. Regulation

May 19, 2014 by Gernot Wagner

Ask any economist about the most efficient way to tackle climate change, and the response will be clear: put a price on carbon. Cap or tax carbon pollution, and then get out of the way. It’s the most effective policy. It’s cheap. It works. Except for when politics gets in the way.[read more]

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One Plausible Scenario that Could Produce a US Tax on Carbon Emissions, With One Caveat

April 28, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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US Carbon Tax Scenarios

For proponents of a carbon tax – as I am – this could enable the marketplace to determine the most cost-effective, lower carbon, energy source, help clean up our air and water and, importantly, lead by example for other countries yet to grapple pursue climate solutions.[read more]

Why a Climate Treaty or Carbon Tax Is Unlikely

April 22, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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Treaties and Taxes and Likelihood

For a long time colleagues have argued that we must limit greenhouse gas emissions via a binding international treaty. Often the same colleagues will say that we need to limit emissions by pricing carbon to discourage its use. As economists say: all things held equal; that solution should work.[read more]

Fast Fix: The List of Companies Preparing for a Carbon Tax Keeps Growing, But . . .

December 6, 2013 by Jim Pierobon
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Carbon Tax and Companies Preparing

The companies preparing for a carbon tax keeps growing, but whether Congress will act to inspire and refocus America’s economic priorities on cleaner energy future and the new investment and sustainable jobs that come with it seem as bleak as ever.[read more]

Is a Carbon Tax a Sensible Alternative to Subsidies?

December 4, 2013 by Cutter Rolles
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Governments around the world stimulate the development of renewables by offering subsidies. But fossil fuels are subsidized too. Given the realities of climate change and increasing global energy demand, a better option could be a carbon tax – which might promote renewables better than any policy.[read more]

Shell Oil Self-Imposes Carbon Pollution Tax High Enough To Crash Coal, Erase Natural Gas's Value-Add

November 25, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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Carbon Pricing and Shell

Royal Dutch Shell includes a high price for carbon dioxide when evaluating new projects. The $40 a metric ton price that Shell uses would — if widely adopted — reshape domestic and international energy consumption and investment trends.[read more]

France: Land of Champagne, Cheese, and Carbon Taxes

November 24, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb
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French President François Hollande presides over a nation that currently gets about 75% of its electricity needs from nuclear sources. He has stated that France will implement a carbon tax to lower polluting emissions and will also be placing a hard cap on the amount of energy from nuclear power.[read more]

Australia's Climate Follies: Abbott Government the Bellwether of Global Carbon Debate

October 30, 2013 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Australia and Carbon

Australia’s longest-running tragedy is starting a new season with a new cast, including a newly elected Prim Minister, but it continues on with the exact same and dubiously familiar follies. Of course I am talking about Australian climate policy.[read more]

Carbon Pricing No Panacea

October 16, 2013 by Andrew Leach
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Pretty well every economist that you can talk to will agree; if you want to reduce pollution, carbon or otherwise, the most cost-effective way to do so is with a price on the emissions of that which you seek to reduce. It truly is economics 101.[read more]

Innovation Before Carbon Pricing

October 14, 2013 by Alex Trembath
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Carbon taxes are in vogue. Economists’ predilection for price signals as the universal solution has fused with environmentalists’ impulse to punish Big Oil and Big Coal to make carbon taxes the darling of the climate change debate.[read more]