February 16, 2021

Should O&G Support a Carbon Tax?

Tisha Schuller welcomes Joseph Majkut, Director of Climate Policy at the Niskanen Center in Washington, D.C.

Majkut characterizes himself as both a political moderate and a climate hawk. In today’s episode, Majkut makes the case for a carbon tax and gives his perspective on why it is in the oil and gas industry’s interest to start leading the discussion.

The world is heading directionally toward net-zero emissions. The time to “wait-it-out” has passed.

In this episode, we dive into:

  • The political state of play around a carbon tax
  • If bipartisan climate policy is a pipe dream
  • Whether a carbon tax can address environmental justice

Also, listen in to hear about Majkut’s big idea on decarbonization he pitched via Twitter to Jeff Bezos.

Joseph Majkut is the Director of Climate Policy at the Niskanen Center in Washington, D.C. and is a respected expert in climate science and climate policy. Majkut publishes numerous research articles for the Niskanen Center and prior to his present role, he has worked as a Congressional Science Fellow for the U.S. Senate. Majkut holds a PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from Princeton, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Delft University of Technology, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Harvey Mudd College.


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[Interview recorded on February 8, 2021]

Running time: 44 min

Featured speakers:

Joseph Makjut

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