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Simply put, a carbon tax is an environmental fee levied by governments on the production, distribution or use of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas. The amount of tax depends on how much carbon dioxide each fuel emits when it is used to run factories or power plants, provide heat and electricity for homes and electricity, drive cars, and so on.
How does a carbon tax work?
Basically, a carbon tax—also known as a carbon dioxide tax or CO2 tax—is a tax on pollution. It is based on negative external economic policy.
In economics, externalities are costs or benefits created by the production of goods and services, so negative externalities are unpaid costs. When utilities, businesses or homeowners use fossil fuels, they create greenhouse gases and other forms of pollution that cost society, because pollution affects everyone. Pollution affects people in a variety of ways, including less obvious effects such as degradation of natural resources, including health effects, depressed property values. The price we pay for carbon emissions is an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, and the resulting global climate change.
A carbon tax factors the social cost of greenhouse gas emissions into the price of fossil fuels—so that people who pollute pay for it.
To facilitate the implementation of a carbon tax, the fee can be applied directly to fossil fuels, for example, as an additional tax on gasoline.
How does a carbon tax promote renewable energy?
By making dirty fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal more expensive, carbon taxes encourage utilities, businesses. And individuals to reduce energy costs and increase energy efficiency. A carbon tax also makes renewable energy, from sources such as wind and solar. More cost-competitive with fossil fuels, favoring investment in those technologies.
How can a carbon tax reduce global warming?
A carbon tax is one of two market-based strategies—the other being cap.-And-trade—targeted at reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And reducing global warming. Carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels is trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere. Where it absorbs heat and creates the greenhouse effect that leads to global warming. Which scientists believe is the cause of significant climate change.
As a result of global warming, the polar ice caps are melting at an accelerating rate. Contributing to global coastal flooding and threatening the habitat of polar bears and other Arctic species. Global warming also leads to more severe droughts, increased flooding, and more intense wildfires. In addition, global warming reduces the availability of fresh water for people and animals living in arid or desert areas. By releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, scientists believe that we can reduce the rate of global warming.
Carbon tax is being adopted globally
A carbon tax has been established in many countries. Japan has had a carbon tax since 2012, South Korea since 2015. Australia introduced a carbon tax in 2012, but the Conservative federal government scrapped it in 2012. Several European countries have established carbon taxation systems with different features. Canada has no indigenous layer, but the provinces of Quebec, British Columbia and Alberta are all carbon.
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