Article gave wrong idea on carbon tax
Regarding Dec. 23 TGI business article “Carbon Tax, Don’t Fiddle While Paris Burns,” something was left out. The article was missing a crucial point and therefore was misleading, I think.
I looked up what the State Climate Commission recommendations were on Hawaii.gov. It says:
“Must be equitable and appropriate for the people of Hawaii.”
“The commission recommends carbon pricing mechanisms that minimize regressiveness which can be pursued through structures such as equity based tax credit or carbon fee and dividend.”
Citizens Climate Lobby is working with Republican and Democrats to support a carbon tax that is revenue neutral. I think this is necessary in order for this to work, where everyone gets an equal monthly rebate (dividend). This way they are encouraged in a positive way to save on gas to make the dividend offset effect larger. British Columbia has been doing this for 10 years and has reduced their carbon 15 percent, while their GDP increased.
If people get the false idea that this is another tax that goes to make more government, the carbon tax is going nowhere and yes, we will have a rebellion.
With short-term thinking, we are making a long-term disaster.
A very concerned citizen.
Sharon Geiken Westerberg, Kapaa