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Barack Obama

Former President of United States of America

If there's one thing that I would like to see, it would be for us to price the cost of carbon emissions - source
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Elon Musk

Founder of SpaceX, cofounder of Tesla, SolarCity & PayPal

Not paying carbon taxes is like not paying for garbage collection - source
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Greg Mankiw

Harvard professor in economics

People don't want to think about climate change every time they do every decision. They can't. What a carbon tax does is it nudges them in the direction of doing the right thing. But you can cut other taxes in response - source
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Bob Inglis

Former Congressman

You then offset that [carbon tax] with a reduction in payroll taxes, dollar for dollar. And that's why I was so flexible. It's a tax swap, that's what I was talking about. It wouldn't grow the government, and it would approximate the attachment of these negative externalities to combustion fossil fuels. - source
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Erik Fairbairn

Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO @POD_Point, Founder @e25SupercarClub.

A UK Carbon tax would move us forward. Other taxes could drop as a result. - source
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Ted Halstead

Author, public speaker and social entrepreneur

It is pro growth, pro competition, pro jobs, deregulatory, and it will help the working-class voters that Trump promised to help. - source
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Adam Ozimek

Economist at Moody's Analytics

It will help the government get out of the energy regulation business in the long-run. If innovation drives solar and battery prices low enough, the energy sector may become no different than any other industry in producing limited externalities. Thus the special regulatory consideration it merits will no longer exist. - source
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Lawrence Summers

Economist and Harvard University Professor

But there should be no doubt that starting from the current zero tax rate on carbon, increased taxation would be desirable - source
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Leonardo DiCaprio

American actor, film director and photographer

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Hector Perez

Co-founder at AgreeList. Londoner. Founded a political party. Telecom engineer. Ruby dev.


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Camila Thorndike

Director of Oregon Climate

As a cross-sector and market-based solution, a carbon tax empowers business to profitably transition to the clean-energy economy. - source
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Manolo Santos

Design, computers, business and science.


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Peter Barnes

Writer, entrepreneur, co-founder of CREDO

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Who disagrees (25% of 20 opinions):

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James Delingpole

Columnist

By taxing carbon dioxide (the harmless trace gas which makes the planet greener), the US government would be signalling to the world that it still believes in the man-made global warming narrative. This, in turn, would keep alive the crony-capitalist “renewables” industry in which Paulson, Steyer, Bloomberg and their friends are so heavily invested. - source
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Patrick Michaels

Climatologist

The fact that there isn’t any temperature trend whatsoever in the last 16 years is forcing scientists to confront the reality that the carbon taxers are choosing to evade - source
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E. Calvin Beisner

Founder and National Spokesman

A carbon tax would be bad for the poor, and everyone else - source
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Alessandro Bruno

Columnist

Therefore, carbon credits, carbon taxes, and related schemes are actually more about fueling environmental finance than environmental responsibility. The credits are less about projects and research in sustainable production systems and more about the financial interests underlying the market for carbon credits. - source
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Noah Smith

Columnist

Carbon taxes are undermined by free trade. If you put a tax on carbon-emitting activity in the U.S., it'll raise the domestic price of (for example) coal. This will provide an incentive for U.S. coal miners to export their coal to other countries, especially China, as they are now trying to do. It will also provide an incentive for Americans to buy more imports from countries where it is still cheap to burn coal (e.g. China).  - source
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