Climate change is real and we need to take action. Economists are coming together to say that putting a price on pollution is the best way forward – and our government agrees.
On the other hand, the Conservatives have no plan on climate change. It has been nearly 300 days since they promised to bring forward a plan… and still, nothing.
Around the world, 46 national and 24 sub-national jurisdictions are already putting a price on carbon. And there are calls for the USA to join this growing group. “Forty-five top economists from across the political spectrum are calling for the United States to put a tax on carbon, saying it is by far the best way for the nation to address climate change,” reported the Washington Post.
The 45 economists who signed the joint statement include 27 Nobel Laureates and nearly every Republican and Democratic chair of the USA’s Council of Economic Advisers since the 1970s. One of them, Greg Mankiw, noted that when it comes to carbon taxes: “Among economists, this is not controversial.”
From floods to fires, we are already seeing the disastrous effects of climate change. It’s time to take action, so why not choose the most effective and efficient way?
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