Friday, November 10, 2006

Real World Pigovians

Several readers have emailed me examples of the Pigou Club making headway in the real world (as opposed to the fantasy world of academia and op-ed pages):

  • Boulder, Colorado, has just passed a carbon tax.
  • Elizabeth May of Canada's Green Party has been advocating a carbon tax. I am told, "Unlike the party south of the border, the Canadian Greens are very fiscally conservative (May was an advisor to former Conservative PM BrianMulroney)."
  • Christine Gregoire, governor of Washington state, signed into law an increase in the gas tax in 2005.

A meager start, but a start nonetheless.