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Background Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax: Putting a Price on Carbon Pollution In 2017, the Clean Energy Transition Act was developed by the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy and submitted as HB 1646 by Representative Joe Fitzgibbon. It would make significant investment in clean energy, healthy forests and water infrastructure and also bolster economic stability and equity during the transition. The funds would come from an initial emissions tax of $15 per metric ton of carbon dioxide equivalent and would have a performance based escalator to keep the state on track to reduce emissions. There are many provisions in this complicated bill that would protect low income residents and workers in energy intensive industries. Friends¬†have long supported efforts to slow the negative effects of GHG emissions on climate disruption, what is also called climate change or global warming. Our testimony to care for the earth by exercising environmental stewardship leads us to do…

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