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Must the Poor Pay More? Sustainable Development, Social Justice, and Environmental Taxation

Stephen Tindale and Chris Hewett

in Fairness and Futurity

Published in print April 1999 | ISBN: 9780198294894
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599064 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198294891.003.0010
 Must the Poor Pay More? Sustainable Development, Social Justice, and Environmental Taxation

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Stephen Tindale and Chris Hewett analyse one of the most‐discussed policy tools available to politicians for moving towards sustainability: environmental taxation. Such taxation is usually regarded as regressive and therefore socially unjust – one reason sustainability and justice are sometimes regarded as pulling in opposite directions. Tindale and Hewett argue against this assumption via an examination of domestic fuel and transport taxes, showing how environmental taxation can be made progressive with careful design and attention to surrounding fiscal conditions. They also say that the greatest cause of poverty is unemployment, and that a package of measures to stimulate environmental industries would do much to bring sustainability and justice into alignment.

Keywords: environmental industry; environmental taxation; fuel; justice; policy; poverty; sustainability; transport; unemployment

Chapter.  5288 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environment

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