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The Benefits of Pricing Carbon

The Case For Carbon Pricing

The Florida Republican House representative Carlos Curbelo recently introduced legislation that would put a price on carbon. The legislation, called the Modernizing America with Rebuilding to Kick-start the Economy of the Twenty-first Century with a Historic Infrastructure-Centered Expansion Act, or the MARKET CHOICE Act (H.R. 6463), would impose a tax on carbon emissions starting at $24/ton of carbon equivalent (CO2e)…

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A carbon tax could provide economic, social and environmental benefits

Putting a Price on Carbon: Carbon Tax Explained

Editor’s note: this is the first in a series of posts on carbon pricing and emissions mitigation strategy. Look for more articles in the coming weeks about carbon emissions, pricing and various possible policy approaches to reducing emissions –  With the international commitment in Paris calling for the decarbonization of the global economy by the second half of this century, the task we…

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Putting a price on carbon: Carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade

EarthTalk: Carbon Tax vs. Cap-and-Trade

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: What’s the difference between a carbon tax and “cap-and-trade” system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions? – Marina Brown, New York, NY Most of us can agree that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a must given the rapid warming of the…

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Implementing a carbon tax is no longer a pipe dream but understood as a coming - and much needed - reality

All I Want for Christmas is a Price on Carbon

As 2013 winds down, there are promising signs that we may actually see a price on carbon in the U.S. In 2010, the cap-and-trade bill was killed in the Senate by the fossil fuel industry’s ubiquitous misinformation campaigns. However, a confluence of events have renewed hopes that we may yet see carbon pricing legislation that could significantly reduce U.S. carbon…

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The reelection of Barack Obama gives the world a fighting chance to step back from the precipice of runaway climate chaos

What Obama’s Victory Means for the Earth

We narrowly dodged a bullet in the 2012 presidential election. Americans were presented with the choice between Mitt Romney’s fossil fuel reliant 19th century view of energy and Barack Obama’s cleaner 21st century low carbon vision. Even more significant than the Obama victory is the fact that Romney was denied the world’s most powerful office. The election of Romney would…

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How to engage U.S. conservatives on climate change - relate it to their own values and beliefs

Three Approaches to Engaging U.S. Climate Deniers

How do we reach the large minority of Americans that continue to resist the facts about climate change? One way to encourage behavior change may be to work within the belief system of climate deniers. We may even need to employ a communications strategy that ignores climate change altogether. There are a significant number of Americans who are not acting to…

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Carbon Tax: How to Deal with a Sagging Economy, Tax Reform, and Climate Change in One Fell Swoop

Populist rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, enactment of one single piece of legislation could do wonders for righting the accumulated ills of recent decades: passage and enactment of a carbon tax.