Dodd Goes Wild
As far as policies to reduce greenhouse emissions go, most economists would argue
that a straight-up carbon tax would work more effectively than a cap-and-trade regime, like the one Europe's struggling with
. But politicians usually avoid even talking about carbon taxes—all of the big climate bills
in the Senate involve cap-and-trade—for fear of being branded a puppy-hating socialist and all that.
So it's a semi-big deal that Chris Dodd decided to break the taboo and propose a "Corporate Carbon Tax" in his big energy speech
the other day. Granted, a carbon tax that was actually refunded to consumers would be a lot more feasible than what he's proposing. Still, it's nice to see one of the long-shots do something dramatic to broaden the policy conversation a bit, rather than just mull around and wait to get voted off the island.