Target: Bård Vegar Solhjell, Norwegian Minister of the Environment
Goal: Applaud Norway for raising their carbon tax to fund environmental programs
Norway is planning to increase the carbon tax on offshore oil companies so that it can set aside resources to develop environmental programs both locally and in developing countries around the world. Like many countries, Norway taxes companies based on the amount of carbon they produce to encourage a reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming. Applaud Norway for increasing their carbon taxes to one of the highest rates of any country, and for allocating that money for reducing the effects of climate change around the world.
The programs funded by the carbon tax increase include protecting carbon dioxide-absorbing forests, developing renewable energy sources, and ensuring food security in developing countries. The Norwegian government has ambitious goals for reducing emissions in its own country, including aiming for carbon-neutral houses and switching to electric cars exclusively. The carbon taxes on cars that are already in place are based on the size of the vehicle, and have led to the production of more environmentally friendly cars.
The U.S. emits more carbon dioxide than most countries, but has no federal carbon tax whatsoever. Although those who oppose instituting a carbon tax cite economic reasons, carbon taxes have been shown to help the economy in addition to helping the environment. Carbon taxes raise enough money to reduce the need for increasing income taxes or cutting necessary federal programs. Additionally, they help the economy by reducing the effects of climate change, which leads to a better environment for growing food.
In order to expand their programs aimed at reducing the effects of global warming, Norway plans to double their already existing carbon tax on their flourishing oil industry. This increases the tax to a rate that far exceeds that of many other countries, and will allow them to lower their impact on the environment while contributing to environmental improvements in developing countries. Norway should be commended for encouraging oil companies to decrease their carbon emissions while funding environmental programs abroad.
Dear Bård Vegar Solhjell,
Increasing the carbon tax on the thriving oil industry will encourage a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, in addition to the funds contributing to reducing the effects of global warming in various parts of the world. The countries with the highest levels of carbon emissions should follow your lead in implementing a carbon tax to both help the struggling economy and to reduce the devastating effects that greenhouse gas emissions are having on our climate.
Thank you for taking action to reduce emissions and diminish the effects of global warming, and for being a leader in the environmental movement. I hope your country’s dedication to conservation will inspire other countries that contribute much more than Norway to the negative effects of global warming to make similar changes.
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