We published this short piece today on the politics of carbon tax:

It seems the real issue is not about how high the tax should be. The conflict 
is over how and where to spend the tax money. To examine the politics of carbon 
pork, we compare three carbon tax proposals, all from Washington state: the 
2018 carbon tax proposed by Governor Jay Inslee, a counter proposal by 
Washington Land Commissioner Hilary Franz, and I-732.

Bottom line:
The carbon tax saga reveals a new inconvenient truth: Interest groups are 
mobilized if the tax can be used to fund their favored projects. To figure out 
the politics of carbon tax, follow the money.




Aseem Prakash
Professor, Department of Political Science
Walker Family Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences
Founding Director, UW Center for Environmental Politics
39 Gowen Hall, Box 353530
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-3530

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