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Bill Ritter: No such thing as a good tax? Consider a well-structured carbon tax.

For some Coloradans and their elected representatives, there is no such thing as a good tax. Even when it is clearly in the public interest, a new tax is considered one of those “third rails” that many politicians are afraid to touch.

But some types of taxes can be necessary, beneficial and fair. Now there is fresh evidence that a properly structured carbon tax is in that category. Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have concluded that a carbon tax can be structured to be effective in reducing carbon dioxide pollution as well as equitable to all Americans, including low-income households. Their study was published April 5 in the journal Climate Change Economics.

This is a report that policymakers here and in Washington, D.C., as well as candidates in this year’s midterm elections, should heed….

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