Hill Briefing on a National Carbon Tax: Another Option for Carbon Pricing

December 4, 2008

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

WHAT? An expert briefing discussing a phased-in, revenue-neutral national carbon tax as a policy option for addressing climate change. Sponsored by the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), the Carbon Tax Center, the Climate Crisis Coalition, Friends Committee on National Legislation and Friends of the Earth.

The briefing will focus on the environmental, economic, economic-efficiency, logistical and political benefits of a national carbon tax, particularly one that is phased-in and revenue-neutral. Many economists have called for enactment of a carbon tax as the simplest, easiest to administer and most transparent approach to carbon pricing, and view it as a promising way to create a political consensus, especially compared to cap-and-trade schemes. Numerous cap and trade bills have been introduced in the Congress, including the Boxer-Lieberman-Warner bill that was defeated in a Senate floor vote late last spring.

WHO? Speakers for this event include:

  • Rep. John B. Larson (D-CT), hosting, chair-elect of the House Democratic Caucus, introduced an early carbon tax bill into the House last summer

  • James Hansen, PhD, Director, Goddard Institute of Space Studies, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • James Hoggan, British Columbia Public Affairs Advisor; Chair, David Suzuki Foundation

  • Gilbert Metcalf, PhD, Professor of Economics, Tufts University; Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research

  • Robert Shapiro, PhD, Co-Founder and Chairman, Sonecon; former U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs

  • Brent Blackwelder, PhD, President, Friends of the Earth, moderating

WHERE AND WHEN? Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-318, Washington,

DC. Tuesday, December 9, 20089:00 – 11:30 am.

SOURCE Carbon Tax Center

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