We Need a Global Carbon Tax by Ralph Nader and Toby Heaps

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by Ralph Nader and Toby Heaps

The cap-and-trade approach won’t stop global warming.

If President Barack Obama wants to stop the descent toward dangerous global climate change, and avoid the trade anarchy that current approaches to this problem will invite, he should take Al Gore’s proposal for a carbon tax and make it global. A tax on CO2 emissions — not a cap-and-trade system — offers the best prospect of meaningfully engaging China and the U.S., while avoiding the prospect of unhinged environmental protectionism.

China emphatically opposes a hard emissions cap on its economy. Yet China must be part of any climate deal or within 25 years, notes Fatih Birol, chief economist at the International Energy Agency, its emissions of CO2 could amount to twice the combined emissions of the world’s richest nations, including the United States, Japan and members of the European Union.


President Obama can define his legacy in the first 100 days by laying the groundwork for a global tax on carbon dioxide emissions that is effective, efficient, equitable and enforceable. An effective, harmonized tax on C02 emissions must stabilize the growth of atmospheric concentrations of GHGs by no later than 2020. The tax must also be adjusted annually, by a global body, according to this objective.

The IPCC has crunched the numbers and says this means a tax of about $50 levied on every metric ton of GHGs, or carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e to use their terminology). In the short-term, consumers would feel the pinch. But the tax would pave the way for cheaper, cleaner energy and ways of getting around.


via We Need a Global Carbon Tax – WSJ.com

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4 thoughts on “We Need a Global Carbon Tax by Ralph Nader and Toby Heaps

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  2. 1.. It ain’t going to happen.
    2. There’s no way to enforce it.
    3. Obama has no interest in this.

  3. WHAT?!!!

    When did Nader become a world government guy? Huh?!

    Just wtf are we gonna do when countries (like China) cheat on this global tax? War?!!

    Are you sure Nader backs this? Because I didn’t want to write him off…..

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