Climate Change: We Need a Carbon Tax

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One of the most compelling and difficult environmental problems society is facing today is climate change. People do not realize how much the environment has changed for the worse in the last ten years, until they are told that the last two decades of the 20th century have been the hottest in the last 400 years, according to climate studies (Conserve Energy Future). Today the carbon dioxide levels have reached 396.81 parts per million (ppm). “Carbon dioxide (CO2) has also increased over the last 100 years-- from about 300 ppm to 370 ppm. Interestingly, the majority of these additions have occurred in the last 50 years, when temperature increases have been slowest” (geocraft). There are no known solutions yet to reverse these effects in the environment, however there are many things people can do to prevent it from increasing. By implementing a carbon tax the government can tax corporations on how much carbon they emit into the atmosphere. With the extra money from the tax, scientist can invest in alternative ways to reduce how much carbon is emitted. Reducing climate change is going to take years and so nothing is going to get fixed anytime soon, but meanwhile we can use that extra money to begin cleaning up the atmosphere. There are many ways to explain climate change, some say its due to the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere, others say it is the burning of the fossils fuels, some even say it’s the greenhouse gases. All of these sayings mean the exact same thing, no matter how one says it. I believe there are more convenient ways to solve climate change; and if the government would to implement a carbon tax on companies they will then be forced to re-evaluate all the carbon they emit to the environment and red... ... middle of paper ... ....p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014. Chaszeyka, Michael A. "Objections On Climate." Mechanical Engineering 130.2 (2008): 6. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 Feb. 2014. "CO2 vs Temperature: Last 100 Years." CO2 vs Temperature: Last 100 Years. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. “Global Warming Facts." ConserveEnergyFuture. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2014. "Effects of Global Warming." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2014. Hirsch, Sven, and Cornelia Daheim. "The Meaning Of Clean Electricity." World Future Review (World Future Society) 4.2 (2012): 96-101. Academic Search Complete. Web. 6 Feb. 2014. "Is Climate Change a Problem?" Chasing Ice. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2014. "U.S. and Global Temperature." EPA. Environmental Protection Agency, n.d. Web. 01 Feb. 2014. Weltman, Barbara. "Tax Incentives for Going Green." NY Report. N.p., 3 Feb. 2010. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.
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