Gilets Jaunes: Is the Energy Transition Possible while still Reducing Inequality?

by Evens Salies

The gilets jaunes (“yellow vests”)[1] movement offers a striking opportunity to ask whether the Sustainable Development Goals for achieving an energy transition and reducing income inequalities are fundamentally incompatible. Our answer is no! Both objectives must and can be met simultaneously: the political acceptability of environmental policies, such as carbon pricing and subsidies for green technologies, crucially hinges upon their distributional effects. Continue reading “Gilets Jaunes: Is the Energy Transition Possible while still Reducing Inequality?”

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