Carbon Fees Can and Should Be Imposed by the President Without Delay
On January 25, 2021, the renowned climate scientist James E. Hansen and CPR Initiative’s Dan Galpern wrote to President Biden and key members of his Climate Team.
Hansen and Galpern urged the President to:
“make full use of a powerful tool already at your disposal to accelerate the necessary decarbonization of our power, industrial, agricultural, and transportation systems. That is, direct the EPA to . . . impose a revenue-neutral carbon fee,”
via invocation of “the Independent Offices Appropriation Act (IOAA), 31 U.S.C. §9701.”
In a public follow-up in the Boston Globe, Hansen and Galpern, urged the President to impose such a carbon fee “immediately,” even “[a]s the public experiences an increased frequency of extreme climate events, as young people worldwide cry out against the threat to their future, and as the United Nations approaches a major climate conference in November in Glasgow.”
They noted as well that “[i]f China and the United States agree on meaningful carbon fees, they can readily make it near-global via border duties on products from countries without carbon fees; that would encourage most nations to adopt the policy, so as to retain such revenue for their own people [and] help to further [President] Biden’s goal of addressing what he has aptly termed the “existential climate threat.”
CPR Initiative Petition
Impose Carbon Fees on Oil, Gas and Coal Without Delay
Dear Mr. President:
Accordingly, we urge you to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to impose a rising fee on fossil fuels. Such carbon fees may be collected from the companies that produce, refine, and distribute fossil fuels in the U.S. To protect people from any ensuing rising cost, revenues should be distributed to households as annual dividends.
We urge you to impose such a rising carbon fee without delay.
James E. Hansen
Director of Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions, Earth Institute, Columbia University & former Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
E. Donald Elliott
Former General Counsel
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Donn J. Viviani
President, Climate Protection & Restoration Initiative; retired EPA scientist
Lise Van Susteren
Physician, Board Member: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Earth Day Network, Climate Psychiatry Alliance, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, CPR Initiative
Professor of Law, University of Oregon School of Law and author of Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age
Senior Scientist, Woodwell Climate Research Center Rutgers University; Council delegate for the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Chief Scientist at Wild Heritage, a Project of the Earth Island Institute, and former President of the Society for Conservation Biology, North America Section.
Assistant Professor of Public International Law, Leiden University. Author of State Responsibility, Climate Change and Human Rights (2019)
Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder
President/CEO of Save the Sound
Chair, Department of Economics at Northeastern University. Formerly, Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Ecologist, John Muir Project
Professor, Yale Law School and Yale School of the Environment
Chief Executive Officer, Methane Action
CPR Initiative Board Member, Environmental Investigation Agency; Government Relations attorney and consultant, Methane Action
Executive Director, Remineralize the Earth