Project Report:
Policies to Assist Coal Workers and Their Communities
- Investigates the causes of economic imbalances.
- Investigates the effect of the global financial system and/or the monetary system in fostering a sustainable economy.
- Investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-market system.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


In this project, Brookings scholar Adele Morris will participate in field-based listening sessions with community development and economic transition leaders in coal-reliant communities, as organized by the Partnership for Responsible Growth (PRG). She will also conduct research and engagement on the issues independently of the PRG. Brookings plans to submit a second proposal in January 2019 in which Morris will incorporate her findings from this work into a policy brief. The goal is to inform the provisions of carbon tax legislation that could provide funding for assistance to these workers and communities.

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This project will allow us to conduct further research contributing directly to the Walker Foundation’s purposes:
• It investigates the underlying causes of economic imbalances, such as depressions, recessions and unemployment, and the factors which contribute thereto;
• It investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-enterprise system;
• It explores market-based solutions;
• It investigates approaches that can be applied to solving economic imbalances that may affect the United States, and challenges to the free enterprise system;

Our project will directly serve these objectives by exploring the range of pragmatic approaches to ameliorate the disproportionate impacts that a carbon tax will have on those reliant on the coal industry.


Under this proposal, Morris will participate in a series of local/regional meetings in both eastern and western coal communities organized by the Partnership for Responsible Growth (PRG). Her goal is to help improve communication between local citizens and organizations in coal-reliant areas and policymakers who are considering legislation that would price carbon. Although a number of recent carbon pricing bills have included support for coal workers (or energy sector workers more generally), none of them has included the detail necessary for appropriate implementation.
A major goal of our local meetings will be to find out what groups working in these areas have found to be effective tools over the past few years. A second major goal of this proposal is to help translate those findings into the potential provisions of carbon tax legislation.

Amounts Approved
$25,000.00 on 12/14/2018 (Check sent: 12/21/2018)
$1,000.00 on 3/29/2019 (Check sent: 4/17/2019)

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Ellen Atkinson
Development Officer, The Brookings Institution

Posted 11/30/2018 10:17 AM
Updated   7/7/2019 1:47 PM

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