Americans Support Carbon Tax, Under Certain Conditions

July 22, 2014 Taxation in USA

WASHINGTON D.C. – Americans oppose the imposition of a carbon tax, unless the tax leads to tax rebates or improved renewal energy facilities.

On July 22nd the National Surveys on Energy and Environment released the results of a new survey showing that a significant number of US taxpayers oppose the imposition of carbon taxes if the government does not specify what the raised revenues will be spent on, however, the approval rating improves if the funds are used to fund renewable energy projects.

Only 34 percent of the respondents to the survey indicated that they support taxing fuels such as oil and coal, and the support is lowest among individuals who identify themselves as Republicans, with only 15 percent of such respondents voicing their support for the tax.

However, approximately 60 percent of taxpayers claimed that they would support a carbon tax if the funds were used to fund the development of new solar and wind power generation facilities.

Respondents were also asked if they would lend their support to a carbon tax if the funds were used to provide tax rebates for individual taxpayers.
The results of the survey also showed that more than 56 percent of the respondents opposed the proposal to use the revenues collected from a carbon tax to reduce the country’s external debts.

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