Opinion: Focus state support for a carbon tax at the federal level

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MIKE AUCOTT / GREENECONOMYNJ.ORG – The idea of putting a broadly-applied price on carbon dioxide emissions from combustion of fossil fuels from all major sectors of the U.S. economy is gaining traction. Several national organizations are actively supporting a carbon tax, including Citizens’ Climate Lobby, the Climate Leadership Council, the Carbon Tax Center, and PUTAPRICEONIT.

A number of nations and other jurisdictions already have some form of carbon pricing.  A group of Princeton University students, the Princeton Student Climate Initiative[6], is exploring ways to strengthen New Jersey’s effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions, including development of a state-level carbon tax.

While state-level programs to price carbon could be effective, carbon pricing approaches will be more effective if they are national and, ideally, international in scope …

Mike Aucott, Ph.D., was a research scientist at NJDEP and is currently a member of NJDEP’s Science Advisory Board. He currently teaches chemistry at the College of New Jersey. 

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