Tax Carbon Emissions to Save the Environment

Target: Bradley Jones Jr., Massachusetts House Minority Leader

Goal: Ensure Massachusetts passes first carbon taxation measure in the United States.

A carbon tax is currently being considered by the Massachusetts legislature. Taxation of carbon emissions has been embraced in Europe and Canada but is yet to implemented in the United States.

Carbon taxation encourages reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by assessing an established rate for each metric ton of carbon emitted by a business or individual. The rate in Massachusetts would start at $10 per metric ton, increase by $5 per year to $30 per metric ton over five years. A projection by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources forecasts that the tax would yield a significant 5 to 10 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. This may help ensure the state reaches its goal of a 25 percent overall decline in emissions from 1991 levels by 2020.

The implementation of a similar proposal by a Canadian province provides a real-world glimpse at the potential benefits of a carbon tax. Conservative lawmakers in British Columbia passed a $10 per metric ton carbon tax in 2008, which rose to $30 in 2012. Over that period, greenhouse gas emissions in the province fell by 5 to 15 percent. The tax also did not hamper economic performance, with growth exceeding expectations and garnering consistent support from the business sector.

In an era of extreme partisanship, carbon taxation policies represent a politically viable strategy for incentivizing large-scale greenhouse gas emission reduction. Please sign the below petition urging the state congress of Massachusetts to take a critical first step in becoming the first state to adopt a carbon tax.


Dear Representative Jones,

I am writing to urge your support for House Bill 1726, which would implement a carbon tax in Massachusetts. Carbon taxation is a market-friendly strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. A similar proposal adopted by conservative lawmakers in British Columbia has successfully incentivized reduced use of carbon-intensive fuel sources while preserving economic growth.

Massachusetts has the opportunity to become a pioneer in passing the nation’s first carbon taxation policy. Please set an example for your Republican colleagues in supporting this legislation.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Not signing this petition. More taxes aren’t the answer. People are already taxed to death. Instead of another tax, governments should stop MISUSING the taxes people already pay.
    Our taxes are being used to support causes many people adamantly OPPOSE. Examples are: the military support of Saudi Arabia’s war on Yemen; financial support for the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in Israel; support for the unnecessary cruel and sadistic experimentation on animals for “scientific” purposes; in Canada, support for the brutal slaughtering of baby seals for their furs; and so much more.
    Governments should use money properly instead of making us pay more taxes. They could easily put some of these misused funds taken from us, to fight carbon pollution.


    • They can help the environment by redirecting funds used to oppress and kill people and animals, instead of taxing us more.

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