Two in three Americans, including 49 percent of Republicans, would favor a revenue neutral carbon tax as a means of mitigating carbon dioxide emissions. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication conducted the survey, which showed voters are more progressive than national political party platforms. American attitudes on the need to address climate change are creeping back up to 2007 levels after support tanked in 2010. Conservatives have seen the biggest turn around on the issue, with 19 percent more acknowledging climate change today than in 2010.
A revenue neutral carbon tax would use the collected fees to offset the reduction or elimination of taxes elsewhere.