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The United States face enormous challenges in the energy area. Climate change, biofuels policy, energy security and environmental degradation are all intimately bound up with energy production and consumption. Historically, the federal government has relied on tax subsidies to effect energy policy. With mounting federal deficits, policymakers and advocates are increasingly calling for a rethinking of our energy tax policy. How can the federal tax code strengthen environmental policy and reduce security concerns in the area of energy? The authors tackle such difficult problems as climate change, efficient taxation of oil and gas, and optimal oil tax policy in a world with OPEC oil producers dominating world oil supply. This volume presents a number of innovative policy suggestions backed by sophisticated and cutting-edge research carried out by leading scholars in the area of energy taxation.

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‘This book gathers contributions from the best U.S. and international scholars to discuss how energy taxation can help achieve multiple goals such as encouraging the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time reducing our reliance on oil consumption. [It] … enhances our understanding of the current fiscal treatment of energy and clarifies the policy options available to address significant environmental and security issues. [It] is timely and effective in addressing some of the most important challenges of this century.’

Carlo Carraro - Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and the University of Venice

‘In the United States, energy policy and the tax law have long been inextricably linked - a connection that grows stronger as concern about climate change has come to the fore. This important collection provides an indispensable guidebook to the critical issues.’

Michael J. Graetz - Columbia Law School and author of The End of Energy: The Unmaking of America’s Environment, Security, and Independence

'The silver bullet for the maddening and seemingly insoluble problems of climate change, energy security, local environmental quality, and high debt levels may be the tax code. This book is filled with insightful gems that leave the reader with a wide range of insights on how current policy addresses (and in some cases worsens) these problems and how changes in tax policy could strengthen the environment and the economy.'

Michael Greenstone - Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director, The Hamilton Project

‘Current policy debates abound with proposals to alter the tax treatment of both energy producers and consumers. This volume provides wide-ranging insights on the incentives associated with current policies and on the consequences of various reforms. Any student or policy maker concerned with tax or energy issues will benefit from its thoughtful analysis.’

James Poterba - Massachusetts Institute of Technology and President, National Bureau of Economic Research

‘Taxes and tax expenditures play a major role in both current U.S. energy policy and proposals to change it. In this impressive volume, leading scholars present rigorous and informative analyses of both important elements of current U.S. energy tax policy and leading proposals to change that policy to address climate change. Both those who would shape U.S. energy policy and those who are and would be affected by it should read this book.’

Richard Schmalensee - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

‘Gilbert Metcalf, a leading energy economist, has assembled a stellar cast of experts from universities and think tanks across the United States to explore key questions about U.S. energy tax policy - questions that are absolutely crucial to the country’s future. Where politicians fear to tread, these scholars ask and answer the tough questions.’

Robert N. Stavins - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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