We Should Pay an Eco-Tax

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Carbon Offsetting is Only the First Chapter

Posterity hangs in the balance because we can’t seem to get on the same page when it comes to climate change. Green energy sources are the pulse of the future, yet there are those who currently continue to plant their carbon footprints deeply without realizing how serious the problem actually is. Because of this, carbon offsetting has entered the picture in an effort to contain excessive CO2 emissions. This idea is a great one, but it seems that containment isn’t enough. Many oil corporation executives are aware of the problem and look the other way because of massive profit margins. Sanctions have already been imposed on these ecological violators, but when the profits heavily outweigh the penalty fees, there’s no incentive to cut back.

Carbon offsetting is a great place to start, but it’s not an ecological panacea. Creating awareness about this important issue hasn’t created a collective mindset in terms of virtual eradication. Imposing heavy eco-taxes seems to be the only way to wake those who have an unwillingness to comply. Heavier polluters should be taxed at higher rates while those who do very little to threaten the environment will pay a lot less. Taxation revenue will then be appropriated to companies that are dedicated to creating the cleanest energy technology available. Setting the terms for refining our environment will more than likely be the most controversial. The “no more loopholes” clause will be a major tenet of this environmental law. Fossil fuel technology will still exist, but in significantly smaller proportions. OPEC proponents may have to find another way to generate revenue, such as investing in clean technology. As it stands, our current fossil fuel burning system is eco-flawed by design; this fact not only needs to be realized, but dealt with accordingly. Perpetuating humanity depends upon it.