Public Views on a Carbon Tax Depend on the Proposed Use of Revenue

Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, No. 13, July 2014

9 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2015

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David Amdur

Muhlenberg College

Barry G. Rabe

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Christopher P. Borick

Muhlenberg College

Date Written: July 31, 2014

Abstract

Conventional wisdom holds that a carbon tax is a political non-starter. However, results from the latest version of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) provide evidence of substantial public support for a tax on the carbon content of different fossil fuels when specific uses of tax revenue are attached. A majority of respondents support a revenue-neutral carbon tax, and an even larger majority support a carbon tax with revenues used to fund research and development for renewable energy programs. The carbon tax coupled with renewable energy research earns majority support across all political categories, including a narrow majority of Republicans. These findings generally confirm previous NSEE results when revenue use options are linked to carbon taxation. These are among the latest findings from the Spring 2014 NSEE from the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion.

Suggested Citation

Amdur, David and Rabe, Barry G. and Borick, Christopher P., Public Views on a Carbon Tax Depend on the Proposed Use of Revenue (July 31, 2014). Issues in Energy and Environmental Policy, No. 13, July 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2652403

David Amdur

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Barry G. Rabe (Contact Author)

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy ( email )

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Christopher P. Borick

Muhlenberg College ( email )

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Allentown, PA Pennsylvania 18104
United States

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