If you’ve ever done any research into what it would take to become a more sustainable economy you might have come across the idea of carbon tax. And I know what you’re thinking “more taxes?” (ugh), but don’t get negative just yet. So, let’s dive into what a carbon tax really means and how it could decrease global carbon emissions.
What is a carbon tax?
Carbon tax is essentially a tax on carbon dioxide emissions. By enforcing a (relatively) small tax, consumers are discouraged from emitting so much. By simply taking public transport or biking or walking you can eliminate your carbon significantly. Keep in mind most CO2 emissions come from fossil fuels; it is time for our generation to push for renewable energy. Carbon tax is a way to get that transition started.
With climate change in full force, this is one way to make individuals and corporations take responsibility for the damage they are contributing to. Most fossil fuels like natural gas and coal are so cheap, but their real cost to the Earth is detrimental.
Most consumers do not feel personally connected to global climate change because they are not witnessing the effects and are not forced to look at their actions in any way. Carbon tax is just one small part in taking responsibility.
How do you determine your carbon tax?
The easiest way to determine what your carbon tax would be is by going to the Carbo Tax website and taking the quiz!
It only takes TWO minutes! And you get to see how your carbon footprint compares to other Americans. At the end Carbo Tax gives you a graph with your emission sources. I never thought that my footprint from flying would be more than from driving my car (I go on a lot of road trips). As you can see below, my emissions would be around $14 a month; even as a broke college student I can afford that.
Why does it matter?
When analyzing carbon emissions across the board, it’s obvious that coal is the biggest contributor. Most of the coal burned is by big corporations for big corporations. So they would be paying significantly more (a lot more) than individual consumers. These billion dollar companies have the money to do this easily, but it’s up to us to support carbon tax and nip coal in the butt once and for all.
Carbon tax would force policy-makers to implement renewable energy in their local communities and stop turning a blind eye to climate change. Historically, creating a tax has almost always reduced consumption. Let’s use taxation in a positive way so we can give the next generation a world with clean air and water!
If you want more information on carbon tax I highly recommend checking out the Carbon Tax Center website.
I hope you learned something from this post, and thanks for reading!
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