Carbon Fee with Dividend! Better World Club's Stance Shared by the American Sustainable Business Council.
Well...BWC Is on the ASBC Board of Directors.
Also Shared by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) who Has Introduced It in the Senate.
As the risks of climate change become clearer, the need grows for comprehensive action to cut carbon pollution. By far the simplest and most effective action we can take is to institute a nationally-administered, economy-wide carbon fee. If implemented correctly, this would result in dramatic carbon dioxide reductions and create a market-based transition to clean, renewable energy.
A carbon fee fixes an inherent marketplace flaw: the marketplace does not force corporations producing "externalities" (i.e. carbon) to assume the cost of the harm they do.
Carbon is a bit tricky--it requires a fee beyond the cost of clean-up because short-term clean-up just doesn't recognize the long-term costs.
So, it is important that there be a dividend back to the American people of the fee beyond the cost of clean-up. The real impact of the fee is to adjust the cost of fossil fuels. Americans will still have roughly the same amount of money, but with the higher cost of fossil fuels, alternative energy becomes more attractive. (The government might even be able to stop subsidizing the development of alternative energy.)
Check out the American Sustainable Business Council's Petition in support of a carbon fee--and add your voice!