Revenue-neutral carbon tax would boost economy

July 4, 2014 

Thank you, Herald, for your recent coverage of various well-known government officials and opinion writers who are in favor of a carbon tax.

One particular kind of carbon tax (if it can even be called a "tax") has not been mentioned, even though it is by far the best one for the economy.

That kind is one in which the revenue collected is returned totally and evenly to all consumers.

This past week such a revenue-neutral carbon tax proposal was presented to more than 500 federal legislative offices, including Florida legislators Bill Nelson, Marco Rubio, Vern Buchanan, Kathy Castor, Dennis Ross, John Mica, Ron DeSantis, Ted Yoho, Bill Posey, Patrick Murphy, Mario Diaz-Balart, and David Jolly.

That's the list of offices where my wife and I helped give the presentations. Each presentation was by five people from Citizens' Climate Lobby, an organization that had over 600 of its volunteers in Washington, D.C., specifically to give those presentations.

In addition to understanding climate change, all those volunteers were armed with a recent study from Regional Economic Models, Inc. that showed their program would generate 2.2 million jobs and raise the Gross Domestic Product by $80 million to $90 million in 10 years.

There would be 13,000 fewer deaths from the effects of fossil fuel emissions each year, and many catastrophic economic impacts of global warming would be avoided.

It seems to me that any legislator can and should support a revenue neutral carbon tax for its economic and health benefits. He can then discuss climate change with his children or grandchildren.

John E. Darovec, Jr.

Bradenton

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