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Can We Price Carbon?$
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Barry G. Rabe

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037952

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037952.001.0001

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When Carbon Taxes Work

When Carbon Taxes Work

(p.83) 4 When Carbon Taxes Work
Can We Price Carbon?

Barry G. Rabe

The MIT Press

Carbon pricing is a political challenge but not an impossibility. This chapter examines cases where initial carbon tax adoption was followed by an enduring period of political support, successful implementation, and achievement of key policy goals. This includes a series of carbon taxes adopted in four Nordic countries in the 1990s and also more recent cases from British Columbia and Ireland. The British Columbia case is particularly noteworthy as it represents an effort by a center-right government to establish a relatively steep tax and reallocate all revenue to the public through a series of tax reductions.

Keywords:   carbon, tax, policy, political, politics, fuel, gas, Nordic, Ireland, British Columbia

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