Fees And Dividends To Monetize Climate Change

Oct 21, 2015

If there were money in halting climate change, we might have a lot more enthusiasm for the efforts. 

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Which is exactly why groups like Oregon Climate are talking about variations on "climate fee and dividend" programs. 

Under such a program, the emitting of greenhouse gasses would incur a tax or fee, and the proceeds from such a program would be returned to households. 

Who would not want a check in the mail? 

There are some issues to work out, not the least of which is getting buy-in from political figures. 

Camila Thorndike, the executive director of Oregon Climate, visits to explain the finer points.