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Views in support of the opposition, a carbon tax

Professor of Economics at Harvard Univesity and director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.

"Smart environmentalism has three key elements. First, policies should be targeted toward the biggest environmental threat: global warming. Second, our resources and political capital are limited. This means we must weigh the benefits of each intervention against its costs. Third, we must anticipate unintended consequences, where being green in one place leads to decidedly non green outcomes someplace else. These simple rules provide a policy road map for environmentalism. The fight against climate change requires us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most effective way to reduce emissions is to charge people for the social costs of their actions with a carbon tax. A significant carbon tax would be painful — gas will cost more at the pump — but it is never easy to change behavior, and change behavior we must." (Boston Globe, A Roadmap for Environmentalism, May 21, 2007)

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