The content of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen to dangerous levels due to the burning of fossil fuels. The world’s foremost climate researcher over the last 50 years, James Hansen, has calculated that the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere must be reduced to 350 ppm (parts per million) within 80 years to maintain a healthy climate for future generations. Even if we find this goal difficult to achieve, we need to get as close to reaching the goal as is humanly possible.
Two main measures are required:
• A rapid reduction in carbon dioxide emissions worldwide
• The greatest possible capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere with the help of trees, plants, and agricultural methods.
Klimatsvaret - CCL Sweden has a concrete proposal called Carbon Fee & Dividend:
• Within Sweden a rising fee should be placed on all domestic transport fuels that emit carbon dioxide. This fee should grow steadily month by month to a point within 10 years, when all emissions from road transportation are eliminated. The revenues from this fee should be paid out once a month in equal dividends to every adult citizen while children receive half and those living in the countryside or sparsely populated areas should receive an extra supplement. The fee needs to be adjusted annually to make sure it is having the desired effect.
• For Swedish passengers a rising fee should be placed on the ticket cost of flights. This fee should grow steadily month by month to a point within 10 years, when all emissions from air transportation are eliminated. The revenues from this fee should be distributed according to the above-mentioned principles for domestic road transportation.
• Within the EU, a steadily rising fee should be placed on all fuels that emit carbon dioxide. The fee should be so high that the EU countries will be able to meet the targets in the Paris Agreement in order to restrict the rise in global temperatures to under 1.5°C. Each member country has jurisdiction over the revenues in their particular country. In Sweden, the revenues should be handed back to Swedish citizens according to the principles outlined above for domestic transportation.
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