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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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Objections to a Carbon Tax

Objections to a Carbon Tax

(p.115) Chapter 8 Objections to a Carbon Tax
Paying for Pollution

Gilbert E. Metcalf

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses common objections to a carbon tax including whether the science is settled enough to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions, whether the tax will hurt economic growth, or whether the tax will kill jobs. It dispels a number of myths about climate policy and coal mining while making the case for providing transitional relief to coal miners and other groups particularly hard hit by the tax. It also discusses how the tax can be designed to ensure that long-term emission reduction goals are met.

Keywords:   economic growth, climate skeptics, coal mining, employment, policy uncertainty

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