Should the U.S. implement a carbon tax instead of a cap and trade program?
Greenland and Antarctica falling apart, having to change the drawings completely of a world map because of sea level rising and drowning cities. our children and grandchildren having to deal with this problem instead of us ( what we can't do it ) yes we can!
Administering a tax on carbon will reduce emissions and help address the issue of global warming.
A tax on carbon dioxide emissions would probably work much faster to drive companies to reduce their carbon emissions. The cap and trade program will get so involved in trying to make money on selling spare carbon credits that a tax would be easier to monitor and force companies to change faster. Cap and trade will just have them all seeking ways to benefit not change.
The implementation of a carbon tax will help reduce emissions and address problems resulting from global warming. This will benefit the environment and could ultimately reduce the recent surge in dangerous weather. This would also reduce the need for aid money to combat storm damage. A cap and trade will only result in companies finding loopholes, where the carbon emission tax will be easier to enforce.
Allowing companies to buy and trade their carbon shares, is undermining the system in place. Allowing big companies to buy up shares is not deterring them from polluting, nor is it making them clean up their act to make their practices better. By outlaying this, it will help us clean up the environment for years to come.
The carbon tax would be more efficient since it would be directly applied to the amount of emissions. It will also bring all citizens in and provide an incentive to better insulate homes, buy more efficient appliances and more fuel efficient vehicles. It could also increase the local economy since goods and foods would be less taxed than goods with higher transport costs. If applied correctly, citizens and industries would try everything they can to avoid paying the tax and thus lower emissions. And the big banks wouldn't profit so much from all the trades in emission certificates.
A carbon tax would be easy to implement compared to a cap and trade program. We could begin taxing much sooner than we could implement a cap and trade. However a carbon tax does not limit emissions. It merely creates a tax based on the amount of carbon emissions. Profitable companies have no incentive for less carbon emissions if they can afford the tax. Why reduce emissions if the profits are affected?
There are many problems that come from acts against the environment, such as burning fossil fuels. The burning of fossil fuels will lead to many problems down the line when it comes to needing clean air. It can also lead to many animals losing their lives, besides just us. Also, the effects could ruin our ability to eat certain things that are infected from the pollution. A tax would be helpful in preventing some of these problems and paying for the repairs of damage already done.
The U.S. should implement a carbon tax in order to curb the toxic greenhouse gas emissions that are bad, not only for the environment and the ozone layer, but also for people, themselves. Toxic emissions are becoming associated with many disorders, especially during puberty, with the consequences difficult to detect for many years. Money is the only language that business speaks, so a carbon tax makes the most sense.
As much as we would like to believe our government is genuinely concerned with climate change that truth is they will use any semi-feasible reason to enact a new tax. This is just another tactic of the party now in power, the same party that has in just two years accumulated a national deficit exceeding that of the last four presidents combined. A carbon tax is smoke and mirrors at its finest. How would this tax be determined? If the government has the funds and time to develop this kind of technology it would be better spent in other ways that reduce our carbon footprint. Things like our dependency on foreign oil, the real "clean coal", and expanded nuclear power facilities. At this point any new tax proposals should be based on hard and fast fact and not the financial equivalent of nailing jello to a tree.
I believe that we need to use an array of tools to respond to the threat of global warming. Tools like cap and trade programs, which use market forces to adjust the behavior of businesses, are good for encouraging an economically efficient response over the long term. In the near term, carbon taxes send a price signal to energy users and also raise funds to help ameliorate the impact on business and labor in carbon-intensive industries and to support research and development on technologies that will reduce the overall cost of stabilizing CO2 levels.
The U.S. is wasting money and resources, and costing citizens and businesses money, by using a cap and trade program that truly does nothing to improve the environment or quality of life. Instituting a carbon tax would add to these problems, not solve them. It's time to stop legislating everything. This should not be a nanny state.
We pay gas taxes on gasoline. Most states charge sales tax on gasoline, many on electricity, often on fuel oil and propane. Fuel companies and utilities pay income tax on the revenue they make, which means they must charge more for their product. We already pay taxes on fuel many different ways. A carbon tax is just one more tax that a government may levy, though it may leave consumers cold and in the dark.
We have one in Australia, it still gets hot here. All it has done is make energy more expensive and then the government subsidizes heavy polluters so that company balance sheets maintain profitability. Seriously what is the point of that? It is disheartening to hear that other countries may be subjected to a similar system.
A carbon tax, much like the sales tax, hurts those least able to pay for it; in this case small to mid size businesses. Since smaller businesses are the driving force in the American economy, it would surely hit businesses who barely had the resources to come out of this last recession in many cases. As such few businesses will hire workers if they have to pay more in taxes. As a result the GDP will not increase.
It has already been stated that, with the carbon tax, there would be more taxes. We are already taxed beyond reason, and we do not need one more thing to have to pay. Though there is slight hope for economic recovery, we are still on the edge of recession. Steps need to be taken and implemented to fix that, before we start worrying about adding a new tax.
The Carbon Tax is a scam and a fraud, instead of reducing emissions, you are taxed for the amount of emissions you produce over a government agency established level. The money they gather through this means is not actually helping reduce ozone emissions or helping the earth; it simply gives your money to other people who can do what they want with it.
There are two things for certain in this world. One is death, and the other is taxes. And we do not like either, but we know both are going to happen. However, nobody likes to pay taxes. After all, we all know how hard it was to earn. Making a carbon tax would just upset everyone, especially in this economy.
A carbon tax should not be instituted as an alternative to a cap-and-trade program because it is a flat tax that is not driven by the market. In the case of cap-and-trade carbon is a commodity that is subject to market trends. A carbon tax amounts to an across the board implication for everyone. Incidentally, whether the discussion is over a tax or cap and trade, the point is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The question with a carbon tax is whether or not GHGs would even be reduced. People could essentially pay the tax and then go about with business as usual and not doing anything to decrease their emissions. At least with cap-and-trade there is a ceiling and you pay the price for offsets. A business is also rewarded for reducing and emitting less than their allocation, because they could then sell those carbon credits.