Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/53358
Authors: 
Stavins, Robert N.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
Nota di lavoro // Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei: Sustainable development 82.2008
Abstract: 
There is growing impetus for a domestic U.S. climate policy that can provide meaningful reductions in emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. In this article, I propose and analyze a scientifically sound, economically rational, and politically feasible approach for the United States to reduce its contributions to the increase in atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. The proposal features an up-stream, economy-wide CO2 cap-and-trade system which implements a gradual trajectory of emissions reductions over time, and includes mechanisms to reduce cost uncertainty. I compare the proposed system with frequently discussed alternatives. In addition, I describe common objections to a cap-and-trade approach to the problem, and provide responses to these objections.
Subjects: 
Cap-and-Trade System
Carbon Dioxide
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Global Climate Change
Carbon Taxes
JEL: 
Q54
Q28
Q38
Q48
Q58
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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