Published: Monday, April 28 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
I can tell you there will be no carbon tax imposed. The fossil fuel industries
have seen to that.Is there a more positive way to attack the issue
of fossil fuel use? The goal would be to use fossil fuels more efficiently by
advancing high speed rail. Yes, high speed rail would use power generated by
coal-powered and gas-powered plants but it would use those fuels efficiently.
Efficient high speed rail could supplant wasteful gas-fueled automobiles. We would build the high speed rail plant and rely on its attractiveness
to lure people out of their cars. All this would be without the punitive carbon
tax.If only Republicans were willing to play ball with high speed
rail. High speed rail technology is proven and is in widespread in Europe,
Japan, and China. Do any of these areas regret building high speed rail? Not
to my knowledge.Republicans seem determined to use fossil fuels
indefinitely and as inefficiently as possible. This will get them votes in coal
country, but it is bad public policy.
"Readers should urge their U.S. senators and representatives to support a
carbon tax on fossil fuel companies and a carbon rebate to households. We are
running out of time."Totally false! We are not running out of
time and the earth has been cooling for over a decade and carbon has nothing to
do with it. A carbon tax will only harm the our country by driving up food
costs, transportation, clothing, medicines, everything! Women and poor children
will be harmed most. A carbon tax will destroy jobs in every sector and
intelligent Americans should reject this misguided environmental and economic
Excellent letterExcept, we will never ever be able to enact a carbon
tax because so many repubs have sworn to the Norquist pledge. In order to fix
this, we need to vote out all repubs. Come this fall, repubs are gonna be hit
and hit hard.We need to teach them a lesson. You pledge allegiance
to the flag not to Norquist.
When someone invents a carburetor that gets 100 miles to the gallon, It's
the oil company's the buy the patten who is subsidized by the Gov who is
taxing us on the gas we buy and now found another way to tax us. E10 gas
decreases gas mileage, Winter gas decreases gas mileage. So we the rat races is
a squeal cage.
Do the liberals really think that adding another huge tax on the United States
will cause China to stop polluting the air? Do they think that if Utah pays a
carbon tax that Mexico City will suddenly become clean? What is it about their
"science" that shows how paying a tax will clean up the air? If we need
to use fuel to get to work, to heat our homes, to run our industry, do they
think that adding a huge tax will mean that we won't drive to work, that we
will stop heating our homes and that industry will stop burning fuel? Do they
think that a huge tax will help? How will it help? Who will it help? The only people that will benefit from a carbon tax are politicians who
will have more money to spend on pork, just as the only people who will benefit
from ObamaCare are politicians who will have 18% of all revenue to spend on
pork.How much pollution does Obama cause when he flys in Air Force
One? But why should he care. He's exempt from all rules.
Re: "If Congress taxes fossil fuel companies for the emissions their
products cause, energy prices will increase and emissions will drop."And, of course, the Nation's economy will fail and real
people's jobs will be destroyed.But then, that's what
liberals really want, isn't it?
Are liberal really that ignorant of economics? Sadly, yes!
Judy,Read your own letter.“in Europe and in developing
countries like China, annual emissions of greenhouse gases have risen almost
twice as fast in the first decade of this century as they did in the last
decades of the 20th century.”How are carbon taxes in the US
going to affect how much China and Europe emit? All carbon taxes do is give us
a competitive disadvantage.Marxist,I think high speed rail is
not a bad idea, but it will not pull commuters out of their cars, so it will not
be that effective in reducing emissions.
Taxes are not magic. They do not have super powers to clean up the environment,
or cure cancer, or fix every ill of society. The only super power
more taxes have is the power to destroy the nation, by destroying the will to
First, a Bostonian's opinion doesn't belong in the Deseret News.And second, this is one of the world's worst ideas. Carbon is not
a pollutant, and neither is CO2. Taxing it is simply an attempt to take money
from "evil" segments of industry and put it into the pockets of
"righteous" Big Green, all at the expense of you and me. It would raise
the cost of everything, and will do NOTHING to affect climate, as conclusively
demonstrated by numerous scientific studies.
Actually engery efficient lighting could reduce our energy needs by 50 percent
if 8 percent of energy users switched over. There is a reason
utilites offer rebates and incentives for lighting retrofits.
Some may hope and wish otherwise - and lobby and work against carbon fees - but
the fees will eventually come because they are really the only economically
viable way to get our economy and culture to wean itself from its fossil fuel
addiction.There will likely be a significant carbon fee or tax imposed on
all sources, leakages, and uses of fossil carbon-based fuels and products. They
will probably start off small and ramp up rapidly, with the goal of phasing out
most fossil fuel use over the next 5 to 20 years - to avoid further cooking of
the planet. Cutting our addiction to fossil fuels will also greatly improve air
quality and health. It's going to happen - the sooner the better.
Re: "We are running out of time"....The letter writer gave
nothing to support this presumption in the letter... just threw this in at the
end (to scare us I guess).Running out of time for WHAT? Save the world?Political will?Right party in power?Popular support fall apart?What will change... making us
"out of time"? What is going to change making us "out of time"
if we don't tax NOW....?===I think individually
acting now is best, but what's really going to become "too late" if
we don't get Congress to increase our taxes NOW!!Even the most
global warming obsessed people (except Al Gore.. who still thinks the polar ice
caps will be completely gone by 2013)... acknowledge that this change is very
very slow. From some perspectives it's already too late. The
tipping point has already been reached and even if we removed all humans and
industry today... we can't turn around the climate trend. It's
already too late... there's already too much junk in the air.But how will we "run out of time" if we fail to increase taxes THIS
legislative session???Please support this assertion...
Thank you Judy, for a well thought out letter. I know you will get a knee-jerk
freak out from many readers, but if the reader really look at the proposals..
it's all good.How has a carbon tax worked so far? The carbon
tax in BC, Canada, has lowered emissions (10-19%) and has lowered taxes with the
fees. Lowered taxes, not raise them! Remember it is a fee on dirty fuels, not
on citizens. And the rebate more than makes up for the increases in energy
prices for most of us.And what is so powerful about this approach is
that a 'green tariff' will be imposed on all goods entering the U.S.
This has two benefits. One, it protects domestic industries from cheap, dirty
energy goods, and two, it is a powerful lever to induce China, for example, to
reduce emissions - or pay the tariff.
"Remember it is a fee on dirty fuels, not on citizens." Riiiight. Because the gallon of gas is going to pay the fee out of its
wallet.Leave it to a Californian to say an inanimate object will pay
the fee, also called a tax.
Re: Mike Richards "If we need to use fuel to get to work, to heat our
homes, to run our industry, do they think that adding a huge tax will mean that
we won't drive to work, that we will stop heating our homes and that
industry will stop burning fuel? "I agree - the carbon tax could
be a severe drag on an economy struggling out of recession.That's why I advocated for positive government policy in behalf of
transport modal shift towards high speed rail, an economical use of fossil fuel
based energy. Of course there's government again - you won't like
that in spite of government's involvement in the first transcontinental
railroad, space exploration, medical research, the internet, interstate highways
etc. Building high speed rail makes energy sense and it would be great economic
A tax that was paid by fossil fuel to us, the consumers, is clearly our best
solution to climate change. It's been endorsed by Eight Nobel economists
and by the Harvard economist who co-wrote the latest IPCC report on solutions to
climate change. It's simple, requires no government regulations and will
save us from paying trillions for future climate change disasters. We've
already paid over a Trillion in taxes for climate change (NOAA website) and
it's hardly gotten started. The IEA says waiting just five more years will
cost about $5 trillion. This carbon tax will cost us almost nothing, for
consumers, it's a wash, a tax swap, but for fossil fuels it will be fatal.
@Thid Barker"and the earth has been cooling for over a decade and
carbon has nothing to do with it. "We just had the warmest
decade in the modern record and carbon is absolutely a greenhouse gas.
You're banking a lot on the weakest solar cycle in a century and a string
of 4 of 6 years with La Ninas (shouldn't we be cooling rather than stalled
considering the recent negative natural forcings?) Nonetheless we find that the
recent La Nina years are the warmest La Nina years on record, the recent El
Ninos the warmest El Nino years on record (1998 was the strongest El Nino in
half a century), and the warmest ENSO neutral years the warmest neutral years on
record.@BadgerbadgerYes, people pay the taxes, but you
overlook that it's cycled back through subsidies so those who are less
energy wasteful are getting more back than they put in. That's the
incentive for reducing emissions and the reason cap and dividend works.
Schnee. Growing numbers of scientists are predicting global cooling:
Russia’s Pulkovo Observatory: ‘We could be in for a cooling period
that lasts 200-250 years’‘Sun Sleeps’: Danish
Solar Scientist Svensmark declares ‘global warming has stopped and a
cooling is beginning…enjoy global warming while it lasts’Prominent geologist Dr. Don Easterbrook warns ‘global COOLING is almost
a slam dunk’ for up to 30 years or moreAustralian Astronomical
Society warns of global COOLING as Sun’s activity ‘significantly
diminishes’Never let the facts get in the way of your
Still nobody has responded to explain why it will soon be too late... if we
don't raise our taxes NOW!!!Will the politicians we need not be
there... if we don't act NOW...Will popular opinion change...
if we don't raise taxes NOW...Will the science change... If we
don't tax NOW...Well the planet collapse... If we don't
raise taxes NOW...What exactly is going to change... making it
"too late"... if we don't raise taxes NOW...?I wish I
knew what he was talking about when he says IF we don't do it NOW... it
will be too late...===If he's talking about Climate
Change... that is already happening... or isn't (depending on which side
you are on). So it's either too late already... or the planet can handle
things and it's not imperative that we raise taxes NOW... to stop global
warming... NOW...===If it's one of the political
things... I say it can wait.===If it's really
going to be too late IF we wait a week or 2... it's probably to late
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