The point of a carbon tax is to get you to change behavior, to burn no more. The CLC gives you the money back which means it’s a passthrough and it doesn’t do the one thing it needs to do, i.e. reduce emissions. BTW, reducing emissions won’t cut it. There’s already too much carbon in the environment and slowing emissions, which is what reducing means, does nothing. Read the fine print from the CLC and you discover that they believe that with their tax in place other regulations limiting coal plant emissions are unnecessary. What you’re left with is a big boondoggle for the fossil fuel industry. What’s needed is not a tax because we’re running out of fossil fuels anyhow, that’s why every major car maker has an electric program set to deliver products to showrooms by mid decade. We need approaches that actively remove carbon from the air. IF you wanted to pledge the carbon tax toward removal it would make a lot more sense. Thanks.

Researcher, author of multiple books including “The Age of Sustainability” about solutions for climate change. Technology, business, economics.

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