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Paying for PollutionWhy a Carbon Tax is Good for America$
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Gilbert E. Metcalf

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190694197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190694197.001.0001

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Introduction: Why This Book?

Introduction: Why This Book?

(p.1) Introduction: Why This Book?
Paying for Pollution

Gilbert E. Metcalf

Oxford University Press

The introduction provides an overview of the argument of the book that climate change has real costs we are paying right now. Greenhouse emissions are changing our climate and our current policies are inadequate to the task of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A carbon tax uses the power of the market to reduce emissions without onerous regulations. It uses the power of market forces to reduce emissions without burdening businesses with paperwork and red tape. As such, it should have bipartisan appeal.

Keywords:   carbon tax, climate change, environmental policy, taxation, market solution

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