The REMI Study Laser Talk

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Question:  How do you know the Carbon Fee & Dividend will really work?

Answer: CCL wanted to find out, so in 2014, they hired an independent modeling firm – Regional Economic Models Inc. (REMI) – to do just that. The REMI study [1] examined the effects of a Carbon Fee and Dividend starting at $10 per metric ton of CO2 [2] and going up $10 a year for 20 years. In addition to the national economy, emissions, and changes in energy industries, the study looked at economic impacts in the nine census regions of the U.S. The study then compared these results to a business-as-usual case where there is no price on carbon.

Here are the results, compared to business as usual:

  • CO2 emissions decline by 33 percent after 10 years and 52 percent after 20 years. That’s because of strong, steady market-driven changes in the ways we make and consume energy.
  • National employment increases by 2.1 million jobs after 10 years, and 2.8 million after 20 years. These are jobs that wouldn’t happen without a carbon fee!
  • Reduced air pollution saves 13,000 lives annually after 10 years, with a cumulative 227,000 American lives saved over 20 years.
  • Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increases by $70 to $85 billion from 2020 on, with a cumulative increase of $1.375 trillion after 20 years.

The take-home message is that our Carbon Fee and Dividend strengthens the economy and creates jobs while slashing CO2 emissions and improving Americans’ health. More details, regional summaries, graphics, and slides can be found on the REMI report web page. [3]

  1. Nystrom, S. and P. Luckow. “The Economic, Climate, Fiscal, Power, and Demographic Impact of a National Fee-and-Dividend Carbon Tax.” Regional Economic Models, Inc. and Synapse, Inc. (9 June 2014).
  2. There is a slight difference from CCL’s proposal in that REMI modeled the Carbon Fee starting at $10 per metric ton of CO2 instead of the $15 proposed by CCL.
  3. “The REMI Report: The Environmental, Economic and Health Impact of Carbon Fee and Dividend.” Citizens’ Climate Lobby (2015).

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