A Popular Way to Raise the Price of Carbon Energy

James K. Boyce, University of Massachusetts Amherst

On the latest episode of No Jargon, Boyce explains how a U.S. carbon pricing program could fight climate change by reducing demand for non-renewable energy from oil, coal, and natural gas. To make this policy popular and durable, revenues should be returned directly to the people. 

Boyce joins No Jargon to explain how carbon pricing programs can help curb fossil-fuel emissions through a carbon tax, a cap on emissions, or a combination of the two. In his SSN brief and an OpEd for the New York Times, Boyce further elaborates who will pay and who will benefit from this approach.

James Boyce is Professor of Economics at the Political Economy Research Institute at University of Massachusetts Amherst and Director of the Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment. His areas of expertise include environmental policy, U.S. climate policy, and environmental justice.


To learn more from SSN scholars about carbon pricing, see Theda Skocpol’s Key Findings brief on “Why Now is the Time to Build a Broad Citizen Movement for Green Energy Dividends,” and Tabitha Benney’s on “Can Market-Based Programs Help Emerging Economies Reduce Carbon Emissions to Fight Global Warming?” For more research on what Americans think about policy responses to climate change, see the brief by SSN scholars Jennifer R. Marlon, Matto Mildenberger, and Peter D. Howe on “What Do Americans Think about Climate Change at the State and Local Level?


December 2015