What would a carbon tax look like for Hawaii?
Is taxing carbon emissions feasible?
This is the question that David Hochschild, who serves on the California Energy Commission; Rep. Chris Lee, chairman of the Energy and Environmental Protection Committee in the Hawaii State Legislature; and Peter Ingram, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines; explored at the VERGE 2018 Hawaii conference. As Hawaii gears up to decarbonize, these regulators, legislators and business leaders discussed the design possibilities, implementation strategies and potential impacts of a carbon tax in Hawaii.
The question — and its answers — is as nuanced as you might imagine.