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Proponents of a carbon tax argue:NO: The US should NOTinstitute a carbon tax1.3Should the US implementa carbon tax?You decide!1.1DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:1. The "PRO" side has a premise about Americans receiving dividends from arevenue-neutral carbon tax. Should Americans who face more severeconsequences of climate change (ie. those who live near rising oceans, or nearcoal-fired power plants) be given more in carbon dividends?2. Should developed countries like the US subsidize the clean energy costs ofdeveloping countries that are less inclined to create a carbon tax?3. The "CON" side worries about the increased price of consumer goods and energy.Would you be willing to pay more for products that cost more due to a carbontax? (For example, gasoline, or energy in your home)YES: The US should institute arevenue-neutral carbon tax1.2The current lack of acarbon tax representsa market failure2.1Carbon pollution is anegative externalitythat is not currentlyfactored into themarket3.1A negative externalityis a cost caused by aproducer that is notfinancially incurred bythat producer4.1Carbon pollution is acost caused by aproducer that they donot have to pay for4.2Whenever there's anegative externality, amarket has failed3.2The US governmentshould pass laws tofix market failures2.2Markets alone cannotalways fix themselveswhen they fail3.3It is unjust to allowfailed markets to hurtinnocent bystanders3.4Economists predictthat with a revenue-neutral carbon tax,most US households(including the mostdisadvantaged) wouldbenefit by receivingmore in carbondividends than theypay in increasedenergy prices2.3A carbon tax is themost efficient andeffective way the UScan reduce carbonemissions2.4A carbon tax wouldbenefit the economyby providing theregulatory certaintythat companies needto make long-terminvestments3.5The US must decreasecarbon emissions toprevent the worsteffects of globalwarming2.5The IPCC projectscatastrophicconsequences ifglobal warming is notlimited to 2 degrees3.6Limiting carbonemissions can slow orprevent more globalwarming3.7A revenue-neutralcarbon tax wouldrebate all of theproceeds of the taxequally amongAmericans. Everyeligible Americanwould receive anannual check inthe mail tocompensate themfor the damagecaused by carbonemissions.A carbon taxdisproportionately hurtslow-income Americans2.6A carbon tax woulddisproportionatelyhurt low-incomefamilies that spend ahigher proportion oftheir income on theirenergy costs3.8A carbon tax wouldincrease the price ofgoods for USconsumers3.9An increase in theprice of goods forconsumersdisproportionatelyaffects low incomehouseholds whospend a higherproportion of theirincome on groceries,clothing, etc.3.10A carbon tax on theUS is unlikely toproduce a significantreduction in carbonemissions2.7Some consumers willsimply pay a higherprice to pollute thesame amount, forexample paying ahigher price for gas3.11High carbon-emittingcompanies may moveoperations to othercountries that don'thave a carbon tax3.12Companies thatpollute a lot maycontinue to polluteand pay the higherprice becausepollution abatementtechnology is tooexpensive3.13A carbon tax wouldhurt the US economy2.8A carbon tax wouldmake Americangoods moreexpensive in globalmarkets compared togoods from countriesthat do not have acarbon tax3.14The US would losejobs due to a carbontax3.15A carbon tax wouldsend US jobs andmanufacturing to othercountries that don'thave a carbon tax4.3A carbon tax wouldonly cause areallocation in jobs,rather than net gainsor losses in jobs4.4Research on thecarbon tax in BritishColumbia showedthat jobs lost inpolluting industrieswere replaced by newjobs in non-pollutingindustries5.1The US could settariffs on imports tokeep goodscompetitive in USmarkets3.16Background:As wildfires burn, glaciers melt, and extreme weather becomes more frequent, Americans havegrown increasingly concerned over climate change. While it still remains a controversial issue in theUS, most scientists agree that humans are to blame. They argue that the bulk of climate change iscaused by ever-increasing greenhouse gases, primarily carbon dioxide, that have been releasedinto the atmosphere by human activities such as manufacturing and transportation.One step the US government could take in the fight against climate change is to establish a carbontax. A carbon tax would put a price on carbon emissions, forcing American businesses andconsumers to pay a fee based on their annual carbon emissions.1.4

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