The current consensus for the carbon tax is that we all need to pay it so that we can begin to change our collective behaviour. This is pure neoliberal nonsense.
Politicians are in a tough spot, ideally they would like to try and solve these big problems but at the same time they don’t want to upset their bosses; the billionaires and corporate elites.
We need to reduce climate risks. But rather than adding taxes, why not take some away instead?
With attempts to put an international price on carbon proving politically impossible, Neilson believes it is time for the world’s superpowers to push the process forward by imposing border taxes on carbon.
There is no intellectually respectable reason that carbon should flow unpriced into the atmosphere, any more than there’s a reason you should be allowed to toss your garbage into the middle of the street every night.