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Carbon Taxation by Regulation [Abstract]

August 2019

Citation: 49 ELR 10798

Issue: 8

Author: Jim Rossi

For more than a century, energy rate setting has been used to promote public good and redistributive goals, akin to general financial taxation. Various non-tax subsidies in customer energy rates have enormous untapped potential for promoting low-carbon sources of energy, while also balancing broader economic and social welfare goals. This Article argues that, even though a carbon tax remains politically elusive, “carbon taxation by regulation” has begun to flourish as a way of financing carbon reduction.

Jim Rossi is a Professor at Vanderbilt University Law School.

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