Policy Proposals

How to Change U.S. Climate Policy after There Is a Price on Carbon

October 23, 2019
Energy & Climate

The Problem

An economy-wide price on carbon is an important centerpiece of an economically efficient strategy for addressing climate change and reducing GHGs. But implementing a carbon price is not the only change necessary to get from today’s policies to that efficient strategy. Some existing policies targeting GHG emissions should be suspended or modified after a sufficiently high carbon price is in place. 

The Proposal

Williams proposes to implement a carbon tax, followed by suspension or modification of current climate policies that are unnecessary or inefficient after a sufficiently high carbon price is implemented.

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