The ‘elephant in the room’ on Biden climate agenda

Joe Biden by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

There’s a looming problem with President Joe Biden’s climate agenda.

The administration is considering taxing imports of carbon-intensive goods, fulfilling a Biden campaign promise to punish China and other countries that are “failing to meet their climate and environmental obligations.”

But economists warn such a policy, known as a border carbon adjustment, would be unworkable unless the United States imposed a carbon tax or a similar pricing scheme on its own domestic goods.

Right now, Biden is not planning a carbon tax as part of his new goal to cut U.S. emissions in half by 2030 and has instead proposed for Congress to pass a clean electricity standard mandating utilities use more zero-carbon electricity.

Joe Biden by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0