Carbon Taxes: Elements, Considerations and Objectives


Neil Viveiros (Editor)

Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives, Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: BUS064000

The federal budget deficit has exceeded $1 trillion annually in each fiscal year since 2009, and deficits are projected to continue. Over time, unsustainable deficits can lead to reduced savings for investment, higher interest rates, and higher levels of inflation. Restoring fiscal balance would require spending reductions, revenue increases, or some combination of the two. Policymakers have considered a number of options for raising additional federal revenues, including a carbon tax. A carbon tax could apply directly to carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, or to the inputs (e.g., fossil fuels) that lead to the emissions. Unlike a tax on the energy content of each fuel, a carbon tax would vary with a fuel’s carbon content, as there is a direct correlation between a fuel’s carbon content and its CO2 emissions. This book examines the carbon tax debate as a deficit reduction tool with a focus on policy design considerations. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Carbon Tax: Deficit Reduction and Other Considerations
(Jonathan L. Ramseur, Jane A. Leggett, Molly E. Sherlock, CRS)

Carbon Tax and Greenhouse Gas Control: Options and Considerations for Congress
(Jonathan L. Ramseur, Larry Parker, CRS)

Carbon Taxes: A Review of Experience and Policy Design Considerations
(Jenny Sumner, Lori Bird, Hillary Smith, National Renewable Energy Laboratory)


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