The Case for a Carbon Tax (Hardcover)
Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy
Island Press, 9781597265317, 248pp.
Publication Date: September 15, 2011
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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.
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.
Praise For The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy…
— James E. Hansen, Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
— Kevin Hassett, Director of Economic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
— Douglas A. Kysar, Professor of Law, Yale University
— Janet E. Milne, Director, Environmental Tax Policy Institute, Vermont Law School