The carbon tax pipedream

My opposition to a carbon tax is not just that is currently politically unlikely, but that it is ultimately ineffective. A revenue neutral carbon tax is even more so. The purpose of a carbon tax is either to influence behavior or provide funds for alternative deployment /innovation. A revenue neutral tax does neither. Emitters pass the cost of the tax onto consumers and the consumers’ costs are offset through whatever credits and deductions are used to achieve neutrality. So there is no real incentive for behavioral change and no extra funds available for deployment /innovation.

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