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Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America
March 19 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The threats posed by global climate change are widely recognized and carbon emissions are the major source of greenhouse gases accumulating in the atmosphere. Metcalf discusses his new book, Paying for Pollution: Why a Carbon Tax is Good for America, where he examines the economic and social costs of climate change and the challenges of concerted action to reduce future losses due to damages of higher temperatures and more extreme weather. He argues that there is a convergence of social, economic, environmental, and political forces that provides an opening for a new approach to climate policy, one based on market principles that can appeal to politicians across the political spectrum. As he does in his book, Metcalf lays out the argument in simple, non-technical language accessible to anyone concerned about our climate system.
Bio: Gilbert Metcalf is the John DiBiaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service and Professor of Economics at Tufts University. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a University Fellow at Resources For The Future. He currently researches policy evaluation and design in the area of energy and climate change. From 2011-2012, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Metcalf received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University.