I'm no expert, but I suspect that the answer is mostly "no, because most are bound by treaties not to levy tariffs against the big states that would not agree." It's always worth while to suggest new policy angles, though.
Yes, as long as Kyoto survives as it is an international treaty... EU and UK are already imposing taxes on air travel which effectively amount to tariffs.
Not limiting CO2 - or not imposing that Pigouvian tax that Mankiw keeps recommeding - is akin to a subsidy. Which of course is indeed an unfair trade practice.
Almost a certainty, I think, especially as we move into the middle of the century. Countries will be making the point in trade talks that they are paying high costs to restrain CO2 production, etc. etc., and the US is not, even though it benefits from European (or Japanese, or Brazilian) practice. They're going to find our unwillingness to match their behavior as unfair and it's going to be reflected in the terms they offer. Remember, as time goes by, China's going to be climbing in importance as a trade partner to many nations; the US will be falling. A time is going to come where nations tell themselves they can live without new trade agreeements with the U.S.
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