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Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America

Gilbert E. Metcalf


In a book written for a general audience with no special knowledge of economics or environmental science, a prominent economist makes the case for the United States to enact a carbon tax. While a policy to reduce emissions has costs, the book shows in simple and direct language that failing to act on climate change is more costly. Other possible ways to reduce emissions are reviewed and the argument made that a carbon tax is preferable to those alternatives. The book also explains how Congress should design and implement the tax and how Congress should ensure that the carbon tax revenue is ret ... More

Keywords: climate policy, carbon tax, greenhouse gases, pollution, environment, climate change, taxation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190694197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190694197.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gilbert E. Metcalf, author
Tufts University