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Carbon tax: Impressive Results in British Colombia

The Guardian’s  Climate Consensus: the 97%: In 2008, British Columbia implemented a carbon tax, with the revenue returned to citizens through lowered income taxes. A new peer-reviewed study examines the data through 2012 to see how British Columbia’s emissions and economy have fared, and the results are impressive. Consumption of taxed fuels per capita has […]

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Sustainable Transportation: Ecuador

In the small country of Ecuador — roughly the size of Colorado — its 15 million people appear to be very mobile despite using 11 times fewer vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, commercial vehicles) per person than we do in the US.   The US has 797 vehicles per 1000 people, compared to 71 vehicles in Ecuador.  […]

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“The carbon tax is one of the best ideas in Washington almost no one in Congress will talk about”– Washington Post Editorial

Excerpts from the Washington Post’s “Opinion” by Editorial Board, May 7, on the elegance and efficiency of a carbon tax: No honest tax reform paper, for example, would be complete without discussion of a carbon tax, an elegant policy Congress could immediately take off the shelf. It would make polluters pay for their own pollution, […]

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Oil Execs see the light on climate change and carbon tax

“As a company we recognize the impact that humans are having on the environment and that CO2 is having an impact on what’s happening in the climate,” ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said. The leader of one of the world’s largest energy companies said this week that humans are accelerating climate change and the global community […]

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A carbon tax would fix Illinois’s renewable energy mandate problem

Illinois’s renewable energy fund lacks power to fulfill purpose:  customers’ defections to other suppliers; language in Illinois law are hindering investment in green electricity — Chicago  Tribune 5-13-13. Five years ago, Illinois passed legislation requiring electric suppliers to buy more renewable energy such as wind and solar power and then pass those costs on to […]

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Some Conservatives and Climate Scientists Find Common Ground in Carbon Tax

There are small but notable steps in support of a carbon tax by several conservative politicians and economists.  Most recently Schultz and Becker wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal about this.  In 2011, Republican Congressman Bob Inglis wrote for Bloomberg that “some of us” support taxing carbon dioxide emissions. This is catching the […]

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A carbon tax is not a tax increase? How?

  The Carbon Tax Center: A carbon tax should be revenue-neutral. Revenue-neutral means that little if any of the tax revenues raised by taxing carbon emissions would be retained by government. The vast majority of the revenues would be returned to the public, with, perhaps, a very small amount utilized to mitigate the otherwise negative […]

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What is a Carbon Tax?

The Carbon Tax Center: A carbon tax is a tax on the carbon content of fuels — effectively a tax on the carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. Thus, carbon tax is shorthand for carbon dioxide tax orCO2 tax. Carbon and hydrogen atoms are present in every fossil fuel — coal, oil and gas.  […]

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Schultz and Becker Support Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax (WSJ Opinion 4-7-13)

George Schultz, former secretary of state, and Gary Becker, a Nobel Laureate in  Economics write an Opinion piece in Sunday’s Wall Street Journal in support of a carbon tax.  Why? They say that “coupled with the elimination of costly energy subsidies, it would encourage competition.”  They continue: Americans like to compete on a level playing […]

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A Letter to Senator Mark Kirk: We need a Carbon Tax

Thanks to fellow Oak Parker, Doug Burke for a thoughtful letter to Illinois Senator, Mark Kirk (R), found in the Chicago Sun-Times print version, April 4. “I am very pleased to see Sen. Mark Kirk’s statement in favor of gay marriage. Both his own statement, and the coverage in the Sun-Times suggest that he was […]

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