Frequently Asked Questions
A carbon tax is a tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fossil fuels. Coal would be taxed the highest since it is the most CO2-intensive fossil fuel, followed by oil and then natural gas; renewable energy would not be subject to the carbon tax. The carbon tax would be paid "upstream", by power plants and fuel importers; consumers would see price increases for electricity from coal and other fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-intensive products.Carbon Pricing around the World), carbon taxes in various forms are currently in place in Boulder, Colorado; the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, and Alberta; and in other countries including Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, etc. the award-winning carbon tax in British Columbia.
Fossil fuel CO2 emissions account for about 80% of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, so it makes sense to focus on this area. See the latest Department of Ecology Greenhouse Gas Inventory for details.
One good source is carbontax.org.
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