Clean The Darn Air is a 2020 ballot measure campaign in Utah. The main goal of the campaign is---surprise!---to Clean The Darn Air: air pollution in Utah is a problem that threatens our health, our children, and our economy. We're going to target air pollution by investing $100 million a year in programs to reduce [...]
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There are well-established measures of the carbon dioxide emissions that result from burning various fossil fuels. Our bill uses the numbers on this U.S. Energy Information Administration page, specifically the second column: kg CO2 per unit volume or mass. Note that the carbon tax is calculated per metric ton of CO2 and that a metric ton [...]
Let's not mince words: In order to improve air quality, we will all pay a bit more for polluting fossil fuels, but we will all benefit from cleaner air and from tax reductions like the elimination of the state sales tax on grocery store food. Regarding the tax on polluting fossil fuels, the carbon tax [...]
Our measure has provisions to help energy-intensive, trade-exposed businesses (such as agriculture, mining, and manufacturing) stay competitive in national and international markets: Off-road diesel (a.k.a. red-dyed diesel, including diesel used in tractors) is exempt from the carbon tax except when used in facilities that emit a combined total of more than 10,000 metric tons of [...]
First let's do motor fuels. Like about half of the states in the USA, Utah has a requirement in the state constitution (article XIII, section 5(6)) that revenue from taxes on motor gasoline and on-road diesel have go into a highway fund that can be used only for road construction and maintenance. Our measure meets [...]