Follow the Soapbox
 
By William La Jeunesse and Laura Prabucki
Published August 27, 2014FoxNews.com
Californians already pay the nation's second highest gas tax at 68 cents a gallon -- and now it will go up again in January to pay for a first-in-the-nation climate change law.

"I didn't know that," said Los Angeles motorist Tyler Rich. "It's ridiculous."

"I think it’s terrible," added Lupe Sanchez, pumping $4.09-a-gallon gas at a Chevron near Santa Monica. "The economy, the way it is right now with jobs and everything, it's just crazy."

When gas prices go up, motorists typically blame oil companies, Arab sheiks and Wall Street speculators. This time they can blame Sacramento and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for passing a bill requiring California to reduce carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The tax on carbon already raised about $1 billion in revenue by requiring manufacturers and utilities to buy credits for each ton of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. At the beginning of next year, the law will also apply to oil and gas. Refiners and distributors say they will pass another $2 billion in costs on - largely to consumers.

"Ultimately it hurts the consumer," said California Independent Oil and Marketing Association spokesman Mike Rohrer. "It is going to affect anyone who has a vehicle. Be it a motorist that is commuting back and forth to work or a trucker just moving goods throughout the state of California, the cost is immediately going to increase because whatever we have to pay for in carbon credits ultimately we have to pass through to the consumer."

Estimates of the cost of the tax vary. The California Air Resources Board, the Golden State's premier anti-pollution agency, predicts the new tax will raise gasoline prices from 20 cents to $1.30 per gallon. A prominent state senator who helped author the bill estimated the cost at 40 cents a gallon. Environmental activists downplay the cost, but hail the impact.

"We're going to now tackle probably 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the state that are emitted mostly through transportation - oil and gas use," said Climate Resolve Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey.

The cost of the climate change law never was spelled out in the original bill in 2010, which did not even include transportation fuels.But any meaningful climate change law would have to address driving, the state's largest single source of pollution. By raising the price, officials hope to reduce the number of miles driven as consumers are forced to consider options.

"We have to effect a transition away from the polluting of fuels that we currently have," said Parfrey. "We have to pay a little extra so that we're making sure that our energy in the future is not going to be spoiled."

Not everyone is sold on the idea. Europe tried a cap and trade program in the last decade and pollution levels still increased dramatically.

California is the only state to extend the idea to gasoline. By the end of the decade, the state is expected to collect $5 billion in revenue by charging businesses and consumers for the right to pollute. So far the state collected $833 billion by selling 'carbon credits' to polluters.

"They have generated close to a billion dollars in revenue just from the carbon tax credit auctions that have been going on for over a year. Where has that money gone?" asked Rohrer.

"And why do we have to tax the consumer to make this happen for clean air? Everyone is for clean air but let’s not hurt the consumer in the process and not giving them a full explanation of how this exactly works and why."

Last week California sold all of the nearly 22.5 million carbon credits it offered this year. Revenue from the auction is deposited into California's greenhouse gas reduction account. There it is used not just to reduce emissions or the cost of pollution controls for business, but also to build low-income housing near mass-transit hubs and support construction of the state's high-speed rail project.

Critics claim the money could be better spent to directly reduce emissions from industrial sources. Instead, some say the fund acts more like a pot of money for state politicians to build projects in their district for residents who may or my not use the transportation alternatives.

 


Comments

01/20/2015 1:15pm

The criteria of the level of education of an educational institute are now a day determined by the number of its researches published on national and international level of studies.

Reply
06/23/2015 8:09am

As pollution levels still increased dramatically we'll have big problems in the nearest future

Reply

We definitely need new gas tax.

Reply

"Critics claim the money could be better spent to directly reduce emissions from industrial sources. Instead, some say the fund acts more like a pot of money for state politicians to build projects in their district for residents who may or my not use the transportation alternatives." agree with author.

Reply
08/27/2015 5:10am

This is so bad. Why we must pay so high taxes?!

Reply

Hello admin, nice piece of writing and pleasant arguments commented here, I am in fact enjoying by these.
thank you very much has been willing to share information with us.

Reply

Thanks for sharing this blog its very informative and useful for us .

Reply

Thats Good to be hearing here Thanks For More Helpful Tips

Reply

Hi buddy, your blog' design is simple and clean i like it.

Reply
12/17/2015 1:31am

This case study requires the focus of the audience in order to make sure it is properly connected with the objective being presented.

Reply
12/17/2015 2:04am

yeah it was such an awesome blog that i have updated.. :)

Reply

Very efficiently written information. It will be valuable to everyone who uses it, including myself. Thanks a lot!

Reply

I agree with you. This post is truly inspiring.thank you !!

Reply
12/17/2015 3:42am

only professional writers can make this kind of material, cheers

Reply

Linear Programming Stats Homework, assignment and Project Help, Linear Programming Assignment Help In accounting,Linear Programming (LP) is the statistical strategy to optimally allocating limited resources

Reply
12/17/2015 4:59am

Our website is number 1 in ColdFusion help. This is Number 1 destination for students to get their ColdFusion Homework & Assignment help taken from.

Reply


finally i find a good site to get information and to read quality
articles thanks for sharing this type of articles its really hard
to find quality articles like this

Reply
01/12/2016 6:23am

thanks for sharing this post

Reply
03/21/2016 8:56am

yeah it was such an awesome blog that i have updated.

Reply

The information you province in post is really useful, thanks.

Reply
05/16/2016 9:46pm

I am pretty sure about this information you shared because its really helpful for everyone.

Reply

Keep posting. I really like your site post.

Reply
07/22/2016 5:12am

Good post. It is really help to us. Its give us lots of interest and pleasure. Its opportunity are so fantastic and working style so speedy. Its really a good article. It gives me lots of pleasure and interest..!!

Reply

Nice and effective blog post. The content is too short but effective. I love the information you share here. Its an well written blog post by you. This is awesome blog post.

Reply

So happy to read your post about that..

Reply

It is so useful and beneficial

Reply

I read your all blog and so excited to learn more…

Reply

I read your all blog and so excited to learn more…

Reply
07/25/2016 10:46pm

Great blog with fantastic advice

Reply
07/26/2016 5:23am

I hadn’t seen this kind of information from other web sites …

Reply
08/10/2016 12:57am

Thank you so much And I hope that other readers will also experience how I feel after reading your article

Reply
08/10/2016 2:35am

Excellent Web page, Carry on the good job

Reply

I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!

Reply



Leave a Reply