Many environmentalists and economists advocate for a carbon tax — a direct tax on greenhouse emissions. Several other countries around the world have implemented this in some form.

The interactive graphics below demonstrate the potential impact of a carbon tax in the U.S.

Common Emissions Sources

Drag the slider to see how a carbon tax would raise consumer prices for goods and services with high emissions:


Electricity Generation

Drag the slider to see how a carbon tax would make solar power more price-competitive with (and eventually cheaper than) fossil fuels on a per-kWh basis.

Solar pricing is based on new construction with national-average solar insolation.

Wind pricing is based on new construction in a geographically-favorable location.


Data Source

The data and sources used for these graphics is outlined here.