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  •  Yes there is a way. (3+ / 0-)
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    joedemocrat, Mary Mike, RunawayRose

    Hansen and others alway mention the need for a rebate check to consumers, if such a Carbon Tax were enacted.

    An Interview With Pioneering Climate Scientist James Hansen

    by Joe Conason, -- Apr 26, 2013

    Instead, Hansen favors a simple carbon tax or what he calls “fee and dividend,” with a rising surcharge on fossil fuels that is rebated in full to all taxpayers.
    •  thanks for the reply.. (5+ / 0-)

      I'm not sure if my question was understood??

      If there's a carbon tax, wouldn't poor people have to pay the extra $$$ immediately at the pump and on their utility bill??

      But they wouldn't get a rebate check until later????

      Or do I misunderstand how the carbon tax works?

      As a member of Courtesy Kos, I am dedicated to civility and respect for all kossacks, regardless of their opinions, affiliations, or cliques.

      by joedemocrat on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 10:55:27 AM PDT

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      •  well its depend on how the Tax law gets written. (4+ / 0-)

        Much of what I read, talks about tax credits or direct annual rebate checks.

        In Alaska the state citizens get an annual check based on the state's oil profits, that year. I think it averages about $2000 per year -- which to subsidence life-styles, can make all the difference.

        With such market-based solutions there usually is no special help for the poor -- Alcohol Taxes & Tobacco Taxes, impact the poor just like everyone else.

        Many there could be created some supplemental program like Food Stamps -- Heat Stamps, Petro Stamps -- but I doubt such new bureaucratic programs would stand a chance of getting off the ground.  The shortfalls would have to be made up with existing programs, something like Food & Gas Stamps.

        I dunno, good questions  joedemocrat.  Hopefully others here, have better answers on this than me.

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