Big Oil Can’t Be Trusted to Define the Terms of A Carbon Tax Solution

Beware of False Solutions

The Climate Leadership Council defines itself as the “Republican solution to climate change”. It seeks a $40 per tonne tax on carbon as a “free-market, limited government” way to deal with climate change. The CLC is meanwhile sneaking in other anti-climate justice proposals, including dismantling mainstay environmental protections like the Clean Air Act.

Leading the tax charge

Now, around the world there is growing momentum for a no-strings-attached carbon tax, with leading plans coming from the top of the North American continent. Canada’s government has announced that all provinces must tax carbon in 2018 by $10/tonne [$8US], rising to $50/tonne in 2022 [$40US], or create an equivalent cap-and-trade system.

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Steve Rushton

Steve Rushton

Freelance journalist focused on political alternatives, universal rights and ecological survival