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Resolved: The United States federal government should adopt a carbon tax.
This isn’t a really interesting topic. The debate is pretty bland, and there isn’t much evidence for either side. It will be difficult to come up with unique positions that people aren’t already prepared for. In any case, let’s see what we can do.
Carbon Tax – A carbon tax is a special tax placed on fossil fuels. Basically, you have to pay taxes when you buy fossil fuels. The intent is to curb carbon emissions by discouraging people from using fossil fuels.
Adopt – Don’t get caught up in the definition of this word. Adopt just means to enact. The resolution is asking whether or not the U.S. federal government should enact such a tax.
1. The Environment – Carbon Tax’s help the environment. Columbia’s tax is a prime example. If you want to reduce carbon emissions and protect our plant, a carbon tax is a great way to do it. Not only that, a carbon tax encourages investment into other green energy technologies.
2. Economic Benefit – A carbon tax helps the economy. It encourages development in new sectors and creates demand for alternative products.
1. Economic Harm – Carbon taxes harm small businesses, and they afford an opportunity for larger companies to take advantage, establishing a more dominant market position.
2. Constitutionality – The carbon tax doesn’t fall under the interstate commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution like other taxes. It would be unconstitutional for the U.S. federal government to enact such a tax.
I hope that helps. Good luck!