Solar Oregon Adopts Carbon Tax Resolution
Solar Oregon supports a market-based solution to climate change. “Climate change is largely caused by burning fossil fuels and the United States should put a tax on carbon and return the revenue back to consumers,” said Ron “Mac” McDowell, Executive Director of Solar Oregon. “In this way, the tax would not put a drag on the economy and would encourage the market to develop cheaper, alternative fuels – such as solar energy.” The market-based solution sought by the organization is a revenue-neutral carbon tax.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Meteorological Society, the Catholic Church, the U. S. Department of Defense and others all say that climate change is happening and is caused by man's burning of carbon fuels.
“Just as we tax cigarettes, which are bad for our health, we should tax carbon, which is bad for the Earth,” said McDowell. “Oregon is already feeling the effects of climate change in terms of reduced snow fall, more droughts and forest fires, and acidification of the ocean.”
The Obama administration is starting to combat climate change through regulation of carbon emissions, but such government policies are not enough, and are not as efficient as leveraging market forces through a carbon tax, believes Solar Oregon. The best way to encourage the adoption of next-generation energy sources, including solar energy, is to increase the cost of burning carbon.
All of the carbon tax revenue would be divided and paid to consumers in the form of a dividend payment or a reduction of income tax. Such a dividend would help consumers pay the increased costs associated with the carbon tax, while the nation develops a more comprehensive clean energy economy.
Solar Oregon encourages Oregon's congressional delegation, including Rep. Greg Walden and Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen, Jeff Merkley to take action on climate change and to support a revenue-neutral carbon tax.
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