Saving the World, One New Tax at a Time

Everywhere you look there are inevitably headlines about the imminent threat of climate change. The oceans are rising, the ice caps are melting, and the forests are burning. The Green New Deal could be a game changer in helping to slow down some of these harmful impacts of climate change. That being said, rather than focus on how exactly policy will help address these issues, there is a much greater focus on the grand vision of what will be accomplished. This plan has lofty goals of both limiting climate change while also addressing social and economic concerns of the nation. These Continue reading Saving the World, One New Tax at a Time

Pioneering Climate Change: Initiative 732

[Written by Max Coleman] On Tuesday October 25th, the Economics Department hosted a talk about Washington Initiative 732, a carbon tax initiative which is on the ballot for November 8th. We heard from Yoram Bauman, a University of Washington professor and “standup economist,” about why we should vote yes on I-732.  Professor Bauman was one of the key economists and activists within CarbonWA, the group which brought I-732 to the ballot in its current form: “This measure was designed to impose a carbon emission tax on certain fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-generated electricity, reduce the sales tax by one percentage point, Continue reading Pioneering Climate Change: Initiative 732