New York Times Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Support a Carbon Tax if the Revenue is Rebated to All Americans

% of Americans That Support a Carbon Tax if the Revenue is Used to Lower Income Taxes

Most Americans support a carbon tax if the revenue is given back to families in the form of lower income taxes.
  • A January 2015 poll by the New York Times, Stanford, and Resources for the Future found that 67% of Americans support a carbon tax if the revenue is rebated equally to all Americans by reducing income taxes.

  • The poll showed less support (61%) for a carbon tax that did not specify use of the tax revenue.

Climate Choice: Reducing Emissions Can Prevent Risk of Catastrophic New York City Flooding

  • A 2016 study concludes that reducing global greenhouse gas emissions avoids the risk of three feet of global sea level rise by 2100, more than 15 feet by 2200, and over 43 feet by 2500 due to Antarctic ice melting.

  • If we were to significantly cut down emissions, the Antarctic ice sheet would likely remain stable over time, creating almost no sea level rise by 2100, and under one foot by 2500.

  • This would prevent the risk of catastrophic flooding in low-lying areas of major U.S. cities such as New York due to sea level rise.

For Most Americans, Electric Vehicles Pollute Less Than the Most-Efficient Gasoline-Powered Car

Takeaway: while it may be the case that hybrids are better for the climate than electric cars in some places today, electric cars have more potential than hybrids to reduce emissions from oil in the long run.
  • A 2015 report measured that two-thirds of Americans live in regions (including California, Texas, Florida, New York, New England, and the entire Northwest) where driving an electric vehicle (EV) produces fewer greenhouse gases (GHGs) than the most efficient gas-powered vehicle.

  • Even in regions where electricity used to charge EVs is the dirtiest, an EV pollutes 21% less than the average new gasoline-powered vehicle.

  • If the U.S. moved to a grid supplied by 80% renewable energy, an EV would emit roughly 90% less GHG pollution than the current average new gasoline-powered vehicle.