The Politics of Carbon Taxes at the State Level

A power plant surrounded by fields and open space August 5, 2019 It’s Ideology, Stupid

This project looks at the Washington State carbon tax referendum through a nationally represented survey—delving into specific questions about what drives support of a carbon tax. The author explores:

  1. Which states and which electoral districts are most supportive of a carbon tax
  2. Whether pointing out that the carbon tax and dividend provides a universal basic income increases support for the policy—and whether the effect of linking a carbon tax to universal basic income is stronger for particular groups (e.g., liberals and progressives)
  3. What drives support for and opposition to a carbon tax, and a universal basic income
  4. Whether legislative behavior and district opinion on carbon taxes are aligned

Relevant reserach: Can Pigou at the Polls Stop US Melting the Poles?