TITLE

Social safety nets and US climate policy costs

AUTHOR(S)
BLONZ, JOSHUA; BURTRAW, DALLAS; WALLS, MARGARET
PUB. DATE
July 2012
SOURCE
Climate Policy (Earthscan);2012, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p474
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The debate surrounding US climate policy has been strongly influenced by concerns about the impact that placing a price on GHG emissions could have on potentially vulnerable populations, including senior citizens. This article shows that seniors would be one of the best protected groups under the climate policies recently debated in the US Congress. Moreover, low-income groups would also be protected generally under these proposals. This is due to a combination of existing government transfer programmes that automatically adjust benefit payments to account for inflation and provisions in the proposals.
ACCESSION #
86450244

 

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