Target: Non-Profit Organization US Strong’s Campaign Coordinator Curtis Fisher
Goal: Applaud a major non-profit for its carbon tax initiative
A non-profit organization by the name of US Strong has thought of an impactful way to initiate carbon taxes. The group’s idea is to make companies that produce large amounts of carbon pay a tax on their emissions. The desired result of more carbon meaning higher tax dues is nothing new; the unique part of US Strong’s proposal is how it is presented. The non-profit uses devastating natural disasters to win a sympathy vote and prove its point.
Many organizations that lobby the government use scientific facts, charts, graphs and proven data to make a statement about carbon emissions and their relation to climate change. US Strong has developed an argument for carbon tax that includes statements from individuals and businesses that are still recovering from hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy ravaged the east coast in late 2012, killing 186 people in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. Many people were left without homes, businesses were demolished, and damages reached record numbers.
US Strong is not calling its idea a “carbon tax”; it are calling on the federal government to create an “Extreme Weather Relief and Protection Fund.” This fund would be paid for by companies that emit carbon. The plan for US Strong’s fund was published with bipartisan input and survival stories from those involved in hurricane Sandy. This approach that US Strong has developed is necessary and intelligent. While statistics hold their ground scientifically, real accounts of people that have been effected by climate change will induce a sympathy vote.
US Strong’s stance is this: while humans did not cause hurricane Sandy, the increase in carbon emissions caused the hurricane to become the super storm that it was. Because of increased emissions, the sea level is a foot higher than it was in 1990 and the ocean water has become warmer. These facts make storms much more powerful: that foot of water could have been what caused a person to drown, and warmer water surface temperatures make storms even more intense. Carbon emissions should be regulated and costly, encouraging key offenders to switch to clean energy and leave dirty fossil fuels a thing of the past. Back US Strong’s idea by signing this petition; give the non-profit more fuel to approach the federal government with: no pun intended.
Dear Curtis Fisher, US Strong’s National Campaign Coordinator,
Your non-profit organization, US Strong, has developed an interesting proposal to the federal government using tactical methods. While scientific data can certainly prove a point and hold its own, real-life accounts of people effected by climate change may be the missing link to require carbon emitters to be held accountable. By developing an alternative to simple “carbon taxes” your organization will appeal to the government in a new way: through its emotions.
The “Extreme Weather Relief and Protection Fund” proposal has gained popularity by featuring bipartisan reports and real-life accounts in its published plan. The accounts are from people that are still feeling the effects of hurricane Sandy, the super storm that hit the east coast and killed 186 people in late 2012. The plan highlights the effects that climate change has on natural disasters, and the statistics that support the fact that carbon emissions are negatively effecting climate change in a very big way.
It is my hope that your proposal to the federal government causes a stir, and your “Extreme Weather Relief Protection Fund” is put in place in a timely manner. It is time that carbon emitters fund a plan to stop the pollution and develop clean energy alternatives. Your proposal has my support, and the support of many others.
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