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Main Title The case for a carbon tax : getting past our hang-ups to effective climate policy /
Author Hsu, Shi-Ling.
Publisher Island Press,
Year Published 2011
OCLC Number 725295629
ISBN 9781597265317 (cloth : alk. paper); 1597265314 (cloth : alk. paper); 9781597265331 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1597265330 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Subjects Carbon taxes ; Climatic changes--Government policy ; Klimaschutz--(DE-588c)7547705-1 ; Kohlendioxid--(DE-588c)4031648-8 ; Steuer--(DE-588c)4057399-0
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
ERAM  HJ5316 .H78 2011 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 09/11/2012
Collation xi, 233 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-222) and index.
Contents Notes
"There's a simple, straightforward way to cut carbon emissions and prevent the most disastrous effects of climate change-and we're rejecting it because of irrational political fears. That's the central argument of The Case for a Carbon Tax, a clear-eyed, sophisticated analysis of climate change policy. Shi-Ling Hsu examines the four major approaches to curbing CO2: cap-and-trade; command and control regulation; government subsidies of alternative energy; and carbon taxes. Weighing the economic, social, administrative, and political merits of each, he demonstrates why a tax is currently the most effective policy. Hsu does not claim that a tax is the perfect or only solution-but that unlike the alternatives, it can be implemented immediately and paired effectively with other approaches. In fact, the only real barrier is psychological. While politicians can present subsidies and cap-and-trade as "win-win" solutions, the costs of a tax are immediately apparent. Hsu deftly explores the social and political factors that prevent us from embracing this commonsense approach. And he shows why we must get past our hang-ups if we are to avert a global crisis."--Publisher's website. Introduction -- Climate change policy alternatives -- Ten arguments for a carbon tax -- Arguments against a carbon tax -- Carbon tax psychology -- Changing political fortunes? -- Conclusion.