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50-Cent (carbon tax)

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 Okay, so maybe we’re not talking about rap music.

 But 50-cents is all one Congressman wants to curb the greenhouse gas problem.

U.S. Rep John Dingell is calling for a 50-cent-per-gallon increase in gasoline tax. The proposal could generate hundreds of billions of dollars per year. More importantly, it would cause Americans to think twice about large SUVs.

 But that’s not where the plan ends.

Dingell wants a $50 a ton tax on carbon released from burning coal, petroleum or natural gas.  Dingell also proposes a reduction on mortgage interests for smaller houses. This, he says, rewards those that live a lifestyle with less of a carbon footprint.

 And, did I mention Rep John Dingell is from Detroit, aka, the motor city?

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Well, Dingell claims the car industry won’t be completely crushed. He will exempt the tax for diesel, allowing automobile manufacturers to still capitalize on extra-large cars and trucks that would utilize the chepar diesel.

“I’m trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it’s going to have a measure of pain that you’re not going to like.”  -U.S. Rep John Dingell

 The positives?  Economists believe this is the easiest, most efficeint way to cut down on carbon and is much easier than the cap-and-trade system, which could be hard to implement.

And the negative side?  A tax on carbon would effect everything from heating your home in the winter to the cost of your electricity.  Simply put, Rep. Dingell could be a very unpopular man.

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Dingell also says that this is just a proposal and he anxiously waits for feedback on the plan.

(And believe me, he’ll be getting more than feedback on this.)

 

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Even the Snowmen are asking.

 I spent the summer interning for Fox News in Boston. I was well-respected there and was given an amazing amount of responsibility and opportunities.  On one evening, I  was sent to interview Senator John McCain one-on-one. The interview was just after the Democratic YouTubedebate, and on the heels of the Republicans turn.

Many thought the YouTubeness made a mockery of the political process. So I decided to ask the presidential hopeful about it. How did McCain respond?

His face got red, he got serious, and he told me his disgust for the infamous “Snowman” and its ridiculousness.

 Whether it’s a snowman or a real person asking the questions, somebody has to.

Global Warming isn’t a challenge for the next presidential candidate. It’s an opportunity to do what’s right. It’s one of the hottest (no pun intended) topics of the 2008 elections. 

CLICK ON THE CANDIDATES BELOW to hear what they think.

The best way to figure out what your candidate wants for the environment might be to check out the League for Conservation Voters: The Heat is On website.

Who do you like???      Leave a comment.

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