Sunday, April 15, 2007

Carbon Tax

It makes sense to me. But, as a proper skeptic, I have to believe there are downsides.

That being the case I ask, what are they?

Please read Steve Chapman's article first, then let me know, why shouldn't we do this?

[H/t to Andrew Sullivan]

[UPDATE: In comments Dan recommends checking out the Carbon Tax Center for additional information. I recommend it too -CK]


Dan said...

I can't think of a reason why we shouldn't adopt a carbon tax, but you are certainly correct to want further details. Take a look at the Carbon Tax Center website.

Citizen Kang said...

Dan, thanks much for the link.

I've written previously about a gas tax such as that proposed by Thomas Friedman and others. And I seems to me that all the positives that apply to such a tax are enhanced by the broader based carbon tax.

Further, the carbon tax as proposed also seems to evercome some of the negatives of a gas only tax.

By spreading the mandate to cover all carbon users and framing the tax as a shift it seems much more politically feasible.

Further it possesses a "fairness" sort of appeal.

Too long have polluting industries benefitted from a Tragedy of the Commons situation where they've not had to incorporate environmental costs (bourne by the larger community) into their bottom line.

Needless to say I look forward to learning and writing more about the Carbon Tax concept.