Look at Canada for car­bon tax

Tri-City Herald - - Opinion -

A na­tional car­bon fee and div­i­dend (CFD) could be an ef­fec­tive solution to cli­mate change that will not grow govern­ment, hurt the econ­omy, or re­strict per­sonal free­dom.

If any­one doubts this, look at Canada. On Oct.

23, Canada adopted the CFD as its de­fault pol­icy to price car­bon and re­duce

CO2 emis­sions in prov­inces with­out ef­fec­tive poli­cies. A $20 per ton car­bon fee will be­gin in

2019 and will in­crease by

$10 each year un­til it reaches $50 per ton (about

50 cents per gal­lon of ga­so­line), with all rev­enue re­turned to each res­i­dent on an equal ba­sis. Most fam­i­lies will get more than they pay out, par­tic­u­larly if they re­duce their use of fos­sil fuel.

This pol­icy was ad­vo­cated by Cit­i­zens Cli­mate Lobby vol­un­teers in Canada, and is very sim­i­lar to the na­tional leg­is­la­tion ad­vo­cated for the U.S. by vol­un­teers here. Given the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the economies of the two coun­tries, we can ex­pect to learn much from how well the CFD works in Canada.

– Steve Ghan, Rich­land

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