A Novel Approach to Climate Change Policy: A Tax Shift

With voters on board, a simple policy change could be the best weapon against carbon emissions.

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Fortunately, voters--not pundits--decide what is politically realistic. Recent surveys, including one by political pollster Hart Research, show that U.S. voters prefer a carbon tax over cap-and-trade by an overwhelming 2-to-1 margin; this surprising preference holds true across every sector of the electorate, including individuals in every income bracket, each region of the country, and on both sides of the political aisle. These findings along with recent political upsets suggest we have every reason to expect the unexpected in 2010.

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