Tax or Trade: Revisiting the Trade-Offs in Climate Policy Options

At this First Wednesday Seminar, Tom Lawler of the International Emissions Trading Association highlighted the benefits of emissions trading programs, and Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center presented the case for a carbon tax. Both participated in a broader panel discussion on the interplay between carbon pricing and regulatory measures.

Date

March 2, 2016

Time

12:45 p.m. — 2 p.m.

Participants

Raymond J. Kopp, Tom Lawler, Ian Parry, Jerry Taylor, and Roberton C. Williams III

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On the heels of the Paris climate negotiations, carbon pricing policies—either carbon taxes or cap-and-trade programs—are receiving renewed attention across the globe. In the meantime, US federal climate policy is being driven by regulatory authority, but with a strong focus on program flexibility via credit trading. Similarly, the State of California’s climate program, AB 32, has embraced both a carbon cap-and-trade program and regulatory measures for emissions reductions.

Against this evolving background, the time is right to revisit the trade-offs among various carbon pricing and other climate policy options. At this RFF First Wednesday Seminar, Tom Lawler of the International Emissions Trading Association will highlight the benefits of emissions trading programs, and Jerry Taylor of the Niskanen Center will present the case for a carbon tax. Both will then participate in a broader panel discussion on the interplay between carbon pricing and regulatory measures.

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