Not that we believe that the world will end in 12 years, but..the concept of ‘carbon dividends’ has gained popularity in the last few years. It’s worth consideration if only because it keeps politics out of the greenhouse gas issue. Sentinel Editorial Board
11/14/19 | Reposting an article from The Atlantic by Robinson Meyer
In Washington, the immaculate solution to climate change has a name: a bipartisan, revenue-neutral carbon tax.
The idea should have wide appeal. Under the plan, the government would charge companies for every ton of greenhouse gas they emit. Instead of spending that money, the government would immediately send it back to Americans as a tax cut or check. Over time, Americans would make greener choices (a win for Democrats) without growing the size of the government (a win for Republicans). And so climate change would slow (a win for everyone).
The research is promising. Last week, a study from economists at Columbia University found that the tax plan with the most support in Congress would slash American carbon pollution by almost 40 percent within a decade. It would outperform any Obama-era climate policy and go well beyond the United States’ 2015 commitment under the Paris Agreement. (READ MORE)
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