Proposals for Research and Education

The Clean Tax Cuts Working Group and the Clean Capitalist Leadership Council have been researching a variety of mechanisms to lower taxes and other barriers to capital and participation, and thereby drive investment toward cleaner solutions at the federal, state and international level. One promising area of collaborative research has focused on Barrier-Free Clean Capital Markets. Please see the proposals below. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Each proposal includes the thoughtful input of many members and friends of the Clean Tax Cuts Working Group. We greatly appreciate their efforts and contributions. We aim to take the most promising ideas and continue to refine and develop them, through additional work with scholars, industry experts, and policy makers.

Currently, Michael Mehling, Deputy Director of the MIT Center for Energy & Environmental Policy Research (MIT CEEPR) is coordinating a group of scholars studying the international and legal precedents and implementation strategies for regional Barrier-Free Clean Capital Markets, and also exploring impacts of Clean Tax Cuts in contrast to older policy frameworks, such as the carbon tax, tax equity subsidies like the ITC and PTC, and Private Activity Bonds. Meanwhile, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is coordinating other policy initiatives in Washington, and refining the core concepts and assessing them for political viability.

For comments on our research and these existing proposals, please email us at

Materials collected here may have been authored, or include contributions, by many different individuals and institutes. Inclusion of these materials and proposals does not imply endorsement by those collaborators or the Grace Richardson Fund, unless stated explicitly. Materials are gathered here for educational and scholarly purposes, especially for purposes of policy innovation and exploration of new solutions.