A Conservative Carbon Tax

In February 2017, six conservative policy leaders, all members of the Climate Leadership Council, came together to develop a policy framework for a carbon tax that would recognize the need for a conservative climate solution and would – in their view – strengthen the US economy, reduce government regulation, help US workers, and promote national security. The four pillars of the “carbon dividends plan” are (i) a gradually increasing carbon tax, (ii) carbon dividends for all Americans, (iii) boarder carbon adjustments, and (iv) significant regulatory rollback. View Full Content

In June 2018, the Americans for Carbon Dividends launched an education and advocacy effort, co-chaired by former Senators John Breaux and Trent Lott, to build support for the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan, which is essentially the framework proposed by the Climate Leadership Council.

Related Content

  • Jerry Taylor, President of the Niskanen Center, “The Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax” – View
  • Benjamin Zycher, American Enterprise Institute, “The Deeply Flawed Conservative Case for a Carbon Tax”, March 2017 – View

Recent Developments

  • Amy Harder, Axios, GOP lawmaker set to introduce carbon tax bill – View – July 18, 2018


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