Friday, April 22, 2016

A Take on CO2 Tax

Paul Krugman (Paul Krugman 101-boosterism) gave a bit of a preview of a carbon tax write up by Dave Roberts (Putting a price on carbon is fine. It is not the end-all be-all). Roberts is a Seattle based writer and writes on energy policy for Vox along with Brad Plumber. Very informative and thoughtful assessments of energy policy, markets and politics that I routinely read. The Price on CO2 piece is the first of two articles by Roberts on CO2 taxing.
Washington State will have a CO2 tax proposal on the ballot this fall - so a chance for Washington voters to decide if this is a good idea, but also to recognize it is at Roberts notes not the be-all end-all. And keep in mind that after passage (if that does happen) there will be plenty of likely future modifications that can be done to improve or harm the tax plan in the future.   

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