Debate: Should Ecosocialists Support Carbon Taxes?

| May 07, 2014


This article argues that the left (including Climate & Capitalism) has been unduly critical or dismissive of proposals to impose carbon taxes as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It says we need “a clear exit strategy” that can win broad support, and identifies climate scientist James Hansen’s “fee and dividend” scheme as the kind of practical and concrete plan that ecosocialists should endorse and promote. His article raises important issues that deserve careful consideration.


This article argues that the left (including Climate & Capitalism) has been unduly critical or dismissive of proposals to impose carbon taxes as a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It says we need “a clear exit strategy” that can win broad support, and identifies climate scientist James Hansen’s “fee and dividend” scheme as the kind of practical and concrete plan that ecosocialists should endorse and promote.

His article raises important issues that deserve careful consideration. //The author, Anders Ekeland, is a Marxist economist and member of the Norwegian Socialist Left Party. Click HERE to read article: **A LEFT ‘EXIT STRATEGY’ FROM FOSSIL FUEL CAPITALISM?

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