Many people believe that the free market is the best way to deal with economic issues. Right now, we all pay for the pollution in our air and water that is caused by corporations. We pay in taxes and with our health. What if polluters paid for their pollution?
That is exactly what is happening in British Columbia, Canada. Companies that pollute pay a fee for their pollution, and this money is paid to the people who live there. As a result of this carbon fee, companies have reduced their pollution and increased using alternative sources of energy, which has driven down the price for these alternatives.
This would be a great thing to do in the U.S. It is a win-win situation for all. Supporters of this kind of carbon fee are as diverse as Exxon-Mobil, conservative think tanks such as the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, as well as former Vice President Al Gore and the Citizen’s Climate Lobby.
All people, regardless of political belief, are going to leave the world to their grandchildren, and this would be a great way to insure that it is habitable.