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-==The Argument==+==Parent debate(s)==
 +*[[Debate:Carbon Emissions, Market vs. Regulatory Approaches]]
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Taxes are usually only passed for things that are highly important to a state because they are unpopular (they take money from citizens). Is global warming a serious problem and important to solve? Yes. It, therefore, warrants a tax. In creating a carbon tax, a government will send a clear message to the public that it is serious about solving the problem of global warming, and that all citizens must participate in the solution. This symbolic message may go a long way in causing changes in individual behavior, such as the decision to turn off lights when they are not in use. Taxes are usually only passed for things that are highly important to a state because they are unpopular (they take money from citizens). Is global warming a serious problem and important to solve? Yes. It, therefore, warrants a tax. In creating a carbon tax, a government will send a clear message to the public that it is serious about solving the problem of global warming, and that all citizens must participate in the solution. This symbolic message may go a long way in causing changes in individual behavior, such as the decision to turn off lights when they are not in use.
-==Supporting Evidence== +==Supporting evidence==
[http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1223-25.htm Katherine Ellison, "Global Warming-era Parenthood", Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2006] - "What our kids need to know most is that adults are acting like grown-ups… If we want to show our kids we mean business about global warming, let’s start by ponying up for a carbon tax. Let our children watch us demand this from Washington with the courage and force of the civil rights movement." [http://www.commondreams.org/views06/1223-25.htm Katherine Ellison, "Global Warming-era Parenthood", Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2006] - "What our kids need to know most is that adults are acting like grown-ups… If we want to show our kids we mean business about global warming, let’s start by ponying up for a carbon tax. Let our children watch us demand this from Washington with the courage and force of the civil rights movement."

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Expanded argument

Taxes are usually only passed for things that are highly important to a state because they are unpopular (they take money from citizens). Is global warming a serious problem and important to solve? Yes. It, therefore, warrants a tax. In creating a carbon tax, a government will send a clear message to the public that it is serious about solving the problem of global warming, and that all citizens must participate in the solution. This symbolic message may go a long way in causing changes in individual behavior, such as the decision to turn off lights when they are not in use.

Supporting evidence

Katherine Ellison, "Global Warming-era Parenthood", Los Angeles Times, Dec. 23, 2006 - "What our kids need to know most is that adults are acting like grown-ups… If we want to show our kids we mean business about global warming, let’s start by ponying up for a carbon tax. Let our children watch us demand this from Washington with the courage and force of the civil rights movement."

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