This may be a good idea. It would encourage consumers to buy products that are produced with less of a carbon footprint. Also, taxing imported goods in this way would make it politically feasible to place carbon taxes on domestic goods, as neither domestic or foreign goods would be at an advantage with regard to the tax. On the negative side however, this tax may be biased towards the more developed western countries that produce goods with more efficient technology with a lower carbon footprint, while placing countries that produce goods with cheap labor and inefficient high-carbon-emitting practices at a disadvantage in the global marketplace. What is more important, the economic development of poorer countries or the reduction of carbon emissions? A tough question.
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