RFF Initiative

Considering a US Carbon Tax: Economic Analysis and Dialogue on Carbon Pricing Options

RFF experts are examining the potential impacts of a federal carbon tax to help leaders better understand the fiscal and environmental costs and benefits.

Numerous countries and regions around the globe are using a carbon tax to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, and many experts believe that such a policy could be economically efficient, growth-enhancing, and consistent with long-term mitigation goals for the United States as well. RFF experts are working with policymakers, industry stakeholders, and academic experts to answer their questions about the design elements and potential effects of a federal carbon tax policy, including the economic and environmental impacts, possible uses of tax revenues, potential employment ramifications, and how different groups and regions would be affected.