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Title: Carbon Taxes: A Review of Experience and Policy Design Considerations.
Author: Sumner, J.; Bird, L.; Smith, H.
Pages/Volumes: 38 pp.
Publication Year: 2009
Document Type: Research Report
NTIS/GPO Number: 970341
Subject Code Description: Energy Analysis
Abstract: State and local governments in the United States are evaluating a wide range of policies to reduce carbon emissions, including, in some instances, carbon taxes, which have existed internationally for nearly 20 years. This report reviews existing carbon tax policies both internationally and in the United States. It also analyzes carbon policy design and effectiveness. Design considerations include which sectors to tax, where to set the tax rate, how to use tax revenues, what the impact will be on consumers, and how to ensure emissions reduction goals are achieved. Emission reductions that are due to carbon taxes can be difficult to measure, though some jurisdictions have quantified reductions in overall emissions and other jurisdictions have examined impacts that are due to programs funded by carbon tax revenues.
Accession Number: 47312
Library Notes: NPL-1001 REV
Report Numbers: TP-6A2-47312


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