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Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Lecture featuring Joseph Aldy of Harvard’s Kennedy School (Politics and Climate Change). Saving the Planet Cost-Effectively:
One-fifth of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions are covered by a carbon pricing program. The range of advocates for a U.S. carbon tax span the political landscape, from economist Arthur Laffer to climate scientist Jim Hansen. As Washington DC delays taking action on climate change, a dozen states have priced carbon emissions through pollution markets. What does it mean to price carbon? What would it mean for our everyday lives? What would it mean for the environment? What are the political opportunities and barriers to moving forward with carbon pricing? Can carbon pricing deliver a Green New Deal, or is it a ploy to undermine ambitious efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions? This presentation will draw from the theory and practice of carbon pricing and pollution markets more generally to address these questions and explore the potential design of U.S. climate change policy.