Argument: A carbon tax helps symbolize political will to fight global warming
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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.
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."