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Key Facts

Rethinking The Green New Deal
The Cost of the Green New Deal
Various cost estimates of the Green New Deal put the total price tag at tens of trillions of dollars. Remaking the nation’s electricity and transportation infrastructure would be a monumental undertaking.
Effectively Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Proponents of the Green New Deal often fail to consider other available options that would make progress toward their goal of reducing or eliminating carbon emissions. Cost-benefit analyses can help inform reformers about the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax
A revenue-neutral carbon tax would act like a regular tax, except that all proceeds would be returned to taxpayers. The carbon tax would increase the price of carbon-intensive goods and services, automatically shifting the behavior of consumers and producers alike.
Higher-Carbon Energy Prices
Instituting a carbon tax would make low-carbon-emitting goods or services less expensive relative to their high-carbon-emitting counterparts. In this way, a carbon tax would encourage consumers to shift to a low-carbon footprint without mandating new rules or regulations regarding the production of goods and services.
Encouraging the Best Solutions
Allowing politicians to pick technological winners and losers is a risky method of identifying the best method to reduce carbon emissions. If they pick wrong and then regulate the other options out of existence, then we are left with a suboptimal arrangement. Instituting a carbon tax uses the price mechanism to identify the most cost-effective way to achieve that same goal.
Getting the Incentives Right
Providing the right incentives to achieve the goal of a greener, low-carbon future means being dedicated to whatever methods work, even if they end up being politically unpopular. At the end of the day, identifying the best solution will mean more to our future than winning political points in the polls.