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Should carbon be taxed?

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Started: 1/18/2019 Category: Economics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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cachapa100172

Pro

I personally believe that carbon taxing is the solution for climate change. However, I know that taxing carbon can lead to unemployment, Economic damage, And other consequences.
Liberty1775

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The idea of taxing carbon is detrimental to not only our economy, But to many peoples livelihoods. It has been shown, Time and time again, That the government substantially interfering in the economy does not allow the natural growth of the market to take place, And thusly stunts its growth, Putting jobs, Investments, And the entire economy at risk. What would a carbon tax do to the market, Other than prevent growth? What would it do for the world at large, As China emits more than double the amount of CO2 than the United States, 9040. 74 million metric tonnes to ~4900 of the United States, According to www. Ucsusa. Org. The environmental impact of this tax would be more minuscule than many think, As even the 3rd and 4th highest producers of CO2, India and Russia, Combine to almost equal that of the United States anyways. Besides that, Your argument is based off of the assumption that global warming and harsh environmental issues have been directly caused by CO2, Which is already a topic quite a few disagree about, As the Earth constantly fluxuates between cold and hot periods due to its changing proximity to the sun (https://www. Pbs. Org/wgbh/nova/article/cause-ice-age/). So your argument is a clay castle built upon a pillar of sand.

However, Besides all of the aforementioned points, There is one more argument that is undoubtedly the most effective, One that many people ignore, The fact that companies can move. This movement of companies is detrimental to the work force and to the economy at large, As it leaves previously employed American workers out of a job, And takes away one more company paying taxes in the United States. If taxes on businesses increase enough, Those businesses will move to a country where they don't have to pay those taxes, Especially large manufacturing corporations in the United States for whom it would be economically logical and sensible to move locations. This mass migration of large corporations out of the United States would spell certain doom for the economy of the country for at least the next few decades, Likely resulting in a stock market crash, The likes of have never been seen before. Imagine 6% of the entire economy disappeared within a matter of months, And with it, The governments money from export and import taxes for those companies. Along with this, These companies moving away would likely move to somewhere with a large population for working, Available land for factories, Pre-established infrastructure for manufacturing and an export based economy, And little to no restrictions on gas emissions, And the country that most perfectly fits this bill is our economic opponent, China. These companies would simply move there, And continue to output carbon at the same level, If not higher. This would erase any impact that the carbon tax in the United States could ever have.

This is what the carbon tax would look like, A mass migration of companies away from the United States, Leaving millions without jobs, The economy shattered, And the capability of the United States for resuscitating its economy, And its capability to produce war time goods, Completely void. This massive injury to the United States and its people, All for the benefit of being able to pretend everything is alright while children starve, Families suffer without a capability to provide for their loved ones, And the condition of the world (if even caused by carbon emissions) doesn't change at all, And if so, Likely for the worst. We cannot strip away hundreds of years of development in manufacturing, For the minute change of a carbon tax based on science uncovered only a few years ago.
Debate Round No. 1
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Debate Round No. 2
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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Thoht 3 years ago
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Carbon tax alone can't be a solution to climate change. It doesn't eliminate our emissions. At best it slightly reduces them.
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