The Case for a Carbon Tax (Paperback)
Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy
Island Press, 9781597265331, 248pp.
Publication Date: September 15, 2011
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 a Professor at Florida State University College of Law. Dr. Hsu has also been a Professor at the University of British Columbia School of Law and an Associate Professor at George Washington University. He is an expert in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, climate change, law and economics, and property.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Hsu was Senior Attorney and Economist for the Environmental Law Institute in Washington D.C; Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco; and practiced law with Fenwick & West in Palo Alto, California.
Dr. Hsu has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University, a J.D., from Columbia Law School, and a M.S. in Ecology and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics, both from the University of California, Davis.
Praise For The Case for a Carbon Tax: Getting Past Our Hang-ups to Effective Climate Policy…
— James E. Hansen
— Kevin Hassett
— Douglas A. Kysar
— Janet E. Milne