As the White House’s tariffs on steel and aluminum have shown, a U.S. president has all the authority he or she needs to impose a carbon border tax.
Timothy Meyer is an expert in public international law, with an emphasis on international economic and environmental law. His current research examines how international economic agreements relate and respond to concerns about economic opportunity and inequality. His past research looks at the interaction of international and local rules on energy subsidies, the role of local governments in free trade agreements and the creation of non-binding "soft law" obligations. Before joining the legal academy, Professor Meyer practiced law for several years at the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State, and served as a law clerk for Justice Neil M. Gorsuch when he sat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Professor Meyer earned his B.A. and M.A. in history from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. and Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he held a Public Policy and Nuclear Threats Fellowship from the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.
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On March 22, President Trump announced that his administration would impose draconian tariffs on a wide range of Chinese products, as well as restrictions on Chinese investments in the United States.