LA TIMES SURVEY SHOWS PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR CARBON TAX

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21 july 2014

New survey: Public likes carbon taxes, with caveats

by Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, July 21, 2014

Despite their hostility to new taxes that they might have to pay themselves, a sizable majority of Americans can support a tax on carbon if it's structured the right way, according to a survey released Monday by the University of Michigan's Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The survey, done in conjunction with Muhlenberg College's Institute of Public Opinion in Pennsylvania, found that the enthusiasm for carbon taxes depends on what the government does with the revenue and, potentially, the size of the tax. Surprisingly, it showed the strongest support not for returning all the revenue collected to the public via rebates, but for using it to promote renewable energy.

"Conventional wisdom holds that a carbon tax, while attractive on economic grounds, is a political non-starter," the report's authors state. "The survey results reported here suggest that this conclusion may be premature."

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