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Carbon Tax , Another Voice

As noted immediately below, a leading British Conservative Party voice on taxes has (eloquently) explicated their view on “green taxes” , here we’re calling them carbon taxes. I also pointed out John Dingell’s manifesto on this recently. See Big John.

Now a leading Republican Party economist, N. Gregory Mankiw, has stated, and quite unequivocally, why a carbon tax makes sense. His op-ed, One Answer to Global Warming: A New Tax, appeared in business section of the “NY Times” yesterday. Mankiw makes a comprehensive and strong argument. In a nutshell: “The scientists tell us that world temperatures are rising because humans are emitting carbon into the atmosphere. Basic economics tells us that when you tax something, you normally get less of it. So if we want to reduce global emissions of carbon, we need a global carbon tax. Q.E.D.”

This cartoon, by David G. Klein, is great too. But read the op-ed. It’s worth your time.




Bill Hewitt

Bill Hewitt has been an environmental activist and professional for nearly 25 years. He was deeply involved in the battle to curtail acid rain, and was also a Sierra Club leader in New York City. He spent 11 years in public affairs for the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation, and worked on environmental issues for two NYC mayoral campaigns and a presidential campaign. He is a writer and editor and is the principal of Hewitt Communications. He has an M.S. in international affairs, has taught political science at Pace University, and has graduate and continuing education classes on climate change, sustainability, and energy and the environment at The Center for Global Affairs at NYU. His book, "A Newer World - Politics, Money, Technology, and What’s Really Being Done to Solve the Climate Crisis," will be out from the University Press of New England in December.

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the policy, politics, science and economics of environmental protection, sustainability, energy and climate change