Environmental Outlook: Strategies For Limiting Carbon Emissions

Environmental Outlook: Strategies For Limiting Carbon Emissions

California's landmark cap-and-trade law goes into effect this month. The Congressional Research Service reports that a modest tax on carbon emissions could cut the federal deficit in half. But industry groups say such approaches kill jobs. For this month's Environmental Outlook, Diane and guests discuss pros and cons of pricing carbon emissions.

Over the past century, average global temperatures have increased by 1.3 degrees. Higher temperatures have been linked to rising carbon emissions. Scientists warn of devastating effects if the earth warms by another two degrees. As Washington faces another debt showdown, support is rising for a carbon tax as a free-market solution to climate change. And California’s new law puts a cap on carbon emissions. But opponents argue these policies kill jobs and burden low-income consumers. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: the economics and politics of reducing carbon emissions.

Guests

Coral Davenport

energy and environment correspondent for National Journal.

Elizabeth Kolbert

staff writer for The New Yorker and author of "Field Notes on a Catastrophe."

Jeff Keuter

president of The George C. Marshall Institute.

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