Addressing Climate Change Using a Carbon Tax & Dividend Plan Within a Global Compact

Together with Dr. Roy Wehrle (University of Illinois-Springfield, emeritus) and Dr. Don Wuebbles (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Greenleaf Communities is pleased to release its latest report, Addressing Climate Change Using a Carbon Tax & Dividend Plan Within a Global Compact. This work builds on the National Energy Transition Plan, released last year, which compared the merits of carbon tax and dividend plans and identified a path forward for the United States to rapidly decarbonize while ensuring a fair transition. This new report combines a domestic climate policy with a new international approach, led by the U.S., to protect current and future generations from catastrophic climate impacts. In our effort to contribute to policy solutions, we offer this brief entitled, U.S. Climate Policy Driving Foreign Policy.

In May 2019, a report on climate change and economic policy was released by Dr. Roy Wehrle (University of Illinois-Springfield - emeritus) and Dr. Don Wuebbles (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) titled A National Energy Transition Plan for America: Informing the Development of a Carbon Dividend Approach. The report lays out research on the benefits of a carbon dividend and tax plan as a key driver for a transition from fossil-fuel based energy to renewable alternatives to address climate change. The proposed National Energy Transition Plan for America (NETP) is designed to be the most effective yet fair, and politically acceptable way of meeting these goals.

Our Climate Reports:

Call to Action to Address Climate Change and Enact Effective Policy

Addressing Climate Change Using a Carbon Tax & Dividend Plan Within a Global Compact (includes a National Energy Transition Plan) - A summary of the report is available here.

Addendum: Employment Effects of the Energy Transition

A Recommended Framework for the Leaders Climate Summit

Watch Francine van den Brandeler and our climate science and policy partners speak about effective carbon pricing here.

For more information, please contact Francine van den Brandeler at fbrandeler@greenleafcommunities.org.