The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy

The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy

by Shi-Ling Hsu

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The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy by Shi-Ling Hsu

There's a simple, straightforward way to cut carbon emissions and prevent the most disastrous effects of climate change-and we're rejecting it because of irrational political fears. That's the central argument of The Case for a Carbon Tax, a clear-eyed, sophisticated analysis of climate change policy.
 
Shi-Ling Hsu examines the four major approaches to curbing CO2: cap-and-trade; command and control regulation; government subsidies of alternative energy; and carbon taxes. Weighing the economic, social, administrative, and political merits of each, he demonstrates why a tax is currently the most effective policy. Hsu does not claim that a tax is the perfect or only solution-but that unlike the alternatives, it can be implemented immediately and paired effectively with other approaches.
 
In fact, the only real barrier is psychological. While politicians can present subsidies and cap-and-trade as "win-win" solutions, the costs of a tax are immediately apparent. Hsu deftly explores the social and political factors that prevent us from embracing this commonsense approach. And he shows why we must get past our hang-ups if we are to avert a global crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597265331
Publisher: Island Press
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 975,338
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Shi-Ling Hsu is Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Law. Previously, he was Associate Professor at the George Washington University Law School, Senior Attorney and Economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C, and Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco.

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