Publication Date: April 2008
Publisher: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Barbara Sard
Research Area: Environment
Keywords: Economic projections; Income diversity; Federal budget
Congress can develop climate change policy that is environmentally and economically sound and fiscally responsible, treats low-income families equitably, and avoids increases in poverty and hardship. To achieve these objectives, however, the policy will have to be well designed. This means generating sufficient resources to address the requirements and challenges of sound climate change policy and mitigating the impact on vulnerable populations, especially people with low incomes. If Congress decides to adopt a cap-and-trade approach, it will be essential to auction off most or all of the emission allowances, and to devote an adequate share of the proceeds to assisting low- and moderate-income consumers.