Al Gore: Tax Pollution not Employee Payrolls

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  • Elsewhere

    I like this idea and think it should be further explored and discussed.

    Gore says tax pollution, not payrolls Mon Sep 18, 2006 5:27 PM ET
    By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore on Monday suggested taxing carbon dioxide emissions instead of employees' pay in a bid to stem global warming.

    "Penalizing pollution instead of penalizing employment will work to reduce that pollution," Gore said in a speech at New York University School of Law.

    The pollution tax would replace all payroll taxes, including those for Social Security and unemployment compensation, Gore said. He said the overall level of taxation, would remain the same.

    "Instead of discouraging businesses from hiring more employees it would discourage business from producing more pollution," Gore said.

    Gore, a longtime environmentalist, also proposed that the United States re-join any successor to the U.N. Kyoto Protocol for curbing global warming beyond 2012.

    Scientists believe global warming is caused by the trapping of greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, in Earth's atmosphere. The consequences of this climate change include rising seas, stronger storms and intense heat waves.

    Under the Kyoto global warming treaty, 35 industrialized nations -- but not the United States -- have agreed to cut carbon dioxide emissions to below 1990 levels.

    President George W. Bush withdrew from the Kyoto pact in 2001, saying its caps on greenhouse gases would cost jobs.

    "The absence of the United States from the treaty means that 25 percent of the world economy is now missing. It is like filling a bucket with a large hole in the bottom," Gore said.

    Gore's proposals may be too radical to gain much support and are likely to be opposed by some business interests.

    Many power companies are watching the U.S. government's every step on global warming. Any future national plan in the United States, the world's top emitter of greenhouse gases, to regulate such gases could force many companies to shut down coal-fired generation or add expensive carbon-capturing devices to their equipment.

  • SixofNine

    It's intriguing in it's focus on spurring positive development from both sides of the economic spectrum, ie: the personal/entreprenurial side, and the energy/big business side.

  • Justice-One

    Wow, this guy is something else! Most people would have quit after inventing the Internet.


    Al Gore runs off an Energizer battery...he justs keeps going and going! He's definately drawing attention to environmental issues that need to be addressed.


  • Double Edge
    Double Edge

    hmmmm, and we would expect our government to do that efficiently just like they 'solved' the illegal immigrant problem in the 1980's?

  • rekless

    If China and some of the other countries around the world would bring there emissions down to the levels of the US the Earth would and could assimilate the waste product. THen on the other hand are you willing to to give up your standard of life.

  • Warlock

    Al Gore can set an example by getting rid of all of the modern devices he uses that consume our precious natural resources, including all of his methods of transportation that use fossil fuels.

    If anyone REALLY CARES about the environment they would do the same. If you push that agenda, and don't practice what you preach, then you know what you are and it starts with the letter 'H'.

    So don't tell me what to do. YOU do it and set an example.


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