In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI’s Aparna Mathur hosts Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), who present their carbon tax proposal. They discuss what their plan would entail and comment on the importance and controversy surrounding their proposal.

Following the senators’ remarks, a panel of experts discusses the possible costs and benefits of a carbon tax proposal. Veronique de Rugy (Mercatus Center) argues that the potential benefits of a carbon tax policy are complicated and minimized by the drawbacks. George Frampton (Partnership for Responsible Growth) believes that the only solution will entail bipartisan compromise. Myron Ebell (Competitive Enterprise Institute) states that a carbon tax is “all pain and no gain” due to the loss of revenue. Adele Morris (Brookings Institution) argued that the proposal is an efficient and comprehensive plan.

This event took place on July 26, 2017.

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  1. mildlyo Member

    Very disappointed that AEI couldn’t find a single person who would denounce global warming as a rent seeking hoax.

    Disappointed that not a single speaker mentioned that carbon dioxide was not a pollutant until 2008.

    Sad that the “conservative” viewpoint seemed limited to discussion of how to more efficiently disburse the carbon tax revenue.

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  2. Nerina Bellinger Member
    Nerina Bellinger

    Senator Whitehouse lost me at the invocation of Citizen’s United and “dark money.”

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  3. Nerina Bellinger Member
    Nerina Bellinger

    Oh my goodness, Senator Whitehouse’s opening statement is nothing but progressive whining.  I know the AEI rep said it don’t endorse a particular position, but without an opposing view it sure seems like it does.

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