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Environmental taxation

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Environmental taxation involves a government-imposed charge that is designed to produce a desirable environmental outcome as well as to raise revenue. The most common example involves charges on pollutant emissions, but sometimes environmental taxation takes the form of a levy on polluting products (such as a tax on gas guzzling automobiles) or polluting activities (such as charging a special toll for driving on congested streets during periods of peak pollution concentrations).

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Tietenberg, T. (2013). Environmental taxation. Retrieved from http://www.eoearth.org/view/article/51cbedbf7896bb431f6939ea

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