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house Bill H. Con. Res. 119

Should Congress Express That a Carbon Tax Would Hurt the Economy?

Argument in favor

Lawmakers need to call out bad ideas and stand against them before they gain traction. There are valid concerns that imposing a carbon tax would raise prices for consumers and hurt the U.S. economy as a result.

JTJ's Opinion
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07/19/2018
Aside from being a stupid idea, carbon taxes are just another corporate tax passed on to consumers. But democrats don’t believe in economics.
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07/19/2018
I mean they should, but isn't hurting the fossil fuel based economy the point of the policy? Proponents of a carbon tax know it will hurt the economy. It's their aim. They don't care.
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Mart's Opinion
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07/19/2018
Yes, but why waste that time. Spend the time repealing regulations
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t waste its time expressing opposition to a proposal that isn’t being seriously advanced at this point in time anyway. Besides, a carbon tax is a good idea and would help the U.S. deal with climate change.

Getaldine's Opinion
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07/15/2018
A carbon tax could be implemented with the revenue being returned to households to offset any increased costs. There is no solid argument to oppose this tax.
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Stephen's Opinion
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07/15/2018
Isn't America great enough to thrive economically, without damaging the earth that we all - rich,and poor alike - have to live on?
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Chelsea's Opinion
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07/19/2018
Global warming is a bigger more pressing issue
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    Aside from being a stupid idea, carbon taxes are just another corporate tax passed on to consumers. But democrats don’t believe in economics.
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    A carbon tax could be implemented with the revenue being returned to households to offset any increased costs. There is no solid argument to oppose this tax.
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    Isn't America great enough to thrive economically, without damaging the earth that we all - rich,and poor alike - have to live on?
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    Global warming is a bigger more pressing issue
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    It would change the economy but ultimately improve it.
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    The House should be spending its time working to impeach our criminal, incompetent, treasonous president, not legislating anti-scientific canards.
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    Done effectively (i.e. with a revenue neutral return to households), the impact of a carbon tax could actually be
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    This is more obfuscation of reality by the fossil fuel industry. A carbon fee with all the revenue returned to families would actually increase jobs and GDP while cutting our CO2 emissions in half while saving 100s of thousands of premature deaths due to air pollution. What is hurting the economy is these deniers blocking legislation that would help the economy.
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    The argument that a carbon tax is bad for the economy is false for several reasons. 1) It ignores the negative impact on the economy of letting fossil fuel companies spew CO2 emissions into the atmosphere at no cost, which the IMF has estimated at $5 trillion. Fully 3/4 of that is the medical and lost productivity cost of air pollution from fossil fuels and the remainder is the economic cost of heatwaves, forest fires, droughts, hurricanes, superstorms, floods and diminished crop yields. 2) A fee on the carbon content of fossil fuels speeds the transition to renewable energy, which creates more jobs than fossil fuels, jobs which pay a living wage. 3) Economists and climate scientists favor charging a fee on the carbon content of fossil fuels and dividing up the collected fee among all households as a monthly payment to offset the rising price of fossil fuels. A study of this proposal found that for most people the carbon dividend payment would more than cover increased prices, so they come out ahead.
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    Well, let’s think about this for 30 seconds. Fresh healthy air to breath, smog filled economic relief. I hope the “ peoples branch” of our government will side with what amounts to a healthy environment over the Corporatist distraction.
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    This is a political stunt throwing a bone to those who do not believe in climate change despite mountains of empirical data to the contrary. No such tax has yet been proposed. Funny that this resolution is a mere few months prior to midterm elections....or is it?
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    I mean they should, but isn't hurting the fossil fuel based economy the point of the policy? Proponents of a carbon tax know it will hurt the economy. It's their aim. They don't care.
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    It will not hurt the economy.
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    Climate change is the biggest threat to humanity. Economists widely agree that pricing carbon is the most effective thing we can do to stop climate change. With a fee placed on carbon, it's true costs are accounted for. Fees can be returned to every
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    A carbon tax is an artificial, but necessary method for capturing the societal cost of exploiting our natural resources. The fact that the oil and coal companies have gotten a mostly free ride up until this point should not excuse them from behaving responsibly now.
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    The solution to pollution is delusion, until it is saturated, air, water and ground. The economy does better under democrats, than republicans. Republican spend and give tax cut to corporations and wealthy, telling the 99% how great it’s for them! Democrats tax corporations and the wealthy if they could and yes they support social programs that help the economy creating demand. Look at stock economic history related to political party. Surplus under Clinton, recovery under Obama
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    A carbon tax that is fully refunded to American households would stimulate the economy and create jobs. Economists across the political spectrum favor the approach.
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    We need to have clean air and water.
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    The U.S. needs to take a leadership role in addressing climate change by transitioning us from fossil fuels to clean energy. A price on carbon is one way to help facilitate that transition. We cannot continue dumping 110 million tons of pollution in the atmosphere every day. We must transition off fossil fuels as soon and as much as possible.
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    Yes, but why waste that time. Spend the time repealing regulations
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