WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Resources for the Future released a new installment of Resources Radio: "Paying for Pollution, with Gilbert Metcalf of Tufts University."
In today’s podcast, host Daniel Raimi interviews Gilbert Metcalf, the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics at Tufts University, and the author of Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America. Metcalf discusses his views on a carbon tax, including whether carbon taxes are regressive, and the political viability of carbon pricing policies.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “When we say that a carbon tax is good for America, what we're really saying is that if we're going to tackle climate change, we can do it with a tax that will raise revenue that we can use in productive ways”—Gilbert Metcalf (6:59)
- “We've done lots of tax credits and other subsidies. We've done lots of regulation, we've done lots of information programs. The one thing we haven't done is to put a price on carbon, and I think we're seeing a greater interest. We're seeing more Republicans that are actually in Congress talking about it, so I think it's just a matter of time.”—Gilbert Metcalf (24:20)
- “Whatever will make a carbon tax actually possible in this country, it will depend a lot in how we use the revenue.”—Gilbert Metcalf (27:21)
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