Good news for Washington!
The USA has pledged during the Paris Climate Talks to cut their emissions. This is a really important step for us as a country, however in practice it can get a little tricky. One of the most obvious ways to go about curbing the USA’s emissions would be a carbon tax (AKA, tax gas heavily). However, while this sounds nice in theory, when you’re standing at the pump it watching the numbers go up, it loses a lot of it’s appeal. So how can you discourage the use of fossil fuels without making your citizens go broke? Well some policy makers in Washington have found a way. It’s called the I-732, or the Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax.
Washington’s legislature is currently deciding whether or not to put a “revenue neutral tax” on the November ballot. Now how this tax works is it increases gas tax, but decreases all other taxes. In plain English: this means the price of gas will go up, but the price of everything else will go down! And as the price of gas is falling right now, you probably wouldn’t even notice the gas tax.
Ultimately this means is the average commuter would be back to square one. The extra money you spent on gas would come back to you in your savings. And if you carpool, bike or use public transport, you would actually save money from this policy. And if you drive a hummer you would lose money from it, which is fine by me. If any one should be taxed a little extra it’s the hummer drivers; they are the ethical equivalent of pregnant smokers. Not to mention; it might encourage them to get a more fuel efficient car!
So what can you do?
You can support this bill. If Washington does it and it works out well, other states will follow, and this is long overdue.
For folks from Washington, write three emails on the contact form below. One to your senator, and two district representatives. If you don’t know who your senator is, you can find your district number here, a list of senators by district number here, and a list of district representatives here. Just write a paragraph or so (these people don’t have time to read a novel) explaining who you are, why you support the I-732, and why they should as well.
Just take 5 minutes from your Facebook browsing and write your letter. I’ve done most of the dirty work for you!
If you want to know more about the I-732 and what you can do about it, check out Yeson732.
The illustrations were made using the Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax Calculator, assuming your income is the WA average (57,500 dollars), and you live alone and you travel the american average (307 miles a week). It is assumed that a “normal car” gets 25mpg, a hybrid gets 40mpg and a “gas guzzler” gets 40mpg.