Tax Carbon to Protect the Environment

Target: Congressman Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee

Goal: Follow Canada’s lead and implement carbon taxing practices that would make it more expensive for companies and corporations to engage in environmentally damaging practices.

The United States should follow Canada’s lead an implement carbon taxing practices that would punish businesses for damaging the environment and increase awareness in regards to troubling practices, like fossil fuel burning.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has put in place carbon pricing across Canada, which will officially go into effect in 2018. As a result, energy sources that use fossil fuels will be more expensive while clean energy, like wind and solar power, will be cheaper. Emissions would be reduced and new jobs created, while revenues from the tax would go back to the citizens in the form of family support, worker support, or job creation.

This is a practice that America would greatly benefit from. The only way to alert businesses and corporations to the seriousness of climate change and pollution is to speak through their bottom line. Our society has the technology to implement clean energy. To make it cheaper and more available, businesses may be more inclined to use it. Demand that the United States follow Canada’s lead.


Dear Congressman Upton,

Canada has recently implemented a new carbon tax that would increase the price of fossil fuel-driven energy, which irrevocably harms the environment. The tax would also decrease the costs of clean energy as an incentive in order to turn businesses, corporations, and citizens to solar and wind power.

I ask you to work with the House’s Energy and Commerce committee to introduce a similar tax. The danger our planet faces is startling, yet there are some that refuse to take such danger seriously. Putting a monetary value on pollution and sources of climate change may force others to see the situation in a new light.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    sometimes windmills kill birds. why cant birds just fly freely?

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