Sounds like a great event!
Florida has a lot to gain from our country having a "market-based" transition to clean energy.
We're "The Sunshine State" after all!
A note about the article . . .
It referred to a CBO report which stated that a carbon tax would reduce the deficit by $1 trillion over 25 years.
However, the KIND of carbon tax that Citizens Climate Lobby, Dr. James Hansen (the world-renowned climate scientist) and others, are advocating for is one where . . .
100% of the revenues are divided up among American households.
This "dividend" enables people like you and me to financially make the transition to buying goods and services based on clean, renewable sources of energy -- rather than on fossil-fuel-based sources of energy.
This is a VERY IMPORTANT DISTINCTION!
Briefly, there are two other HUGE benefits to having ALL the proceeds returned to American households (i.e. having a 100% dividend as part of a carbon tax):
1) The existence of a dividend allows this legislation to NOT add money that would "grow the government,"
i.e. having the proceeds be sent out as dividends for American households makes the legislation "revenue-neutral".
This is why carbon-fee-and-dividend legislation has growing bi-partisan support!
Many conservatives, and Republicans who have signed the Grover Norquist "no new taxes" pledge, can therefore support this legislation and still maintain allegiance to their "limited government principles."
2) A carbon tax WITHOUT a 100% dividend going back to households
puts an unfair economic burden on individuals and families with lower incomes,
i.e. a plain carbon tax without a dividend is highly regressive.
On the other hand, a carbon tax WITH A DIVIDEND "levels the playing field."
It gives a financial cushion to households having lower incomes.
And, actually, in the beginning, the dividend will be greater than the increased cost of energy. This means that it can allow people to invest in energy efficiency and clean-energy based items. These actions will allow them to have cheaper energy costs in the future.
And, it will stimulate an economy-wide transition to clean energy!
An important bonus in the legislation is that
it will protect American business interests . . .
This is because it will include a tariff on goods imported into our country from other countries that have not yet put a price on carbon pollution.
And . . .
in order to avoid this surcharge on their exports, other countries, such as China, will be highly motivated to enact their own form of carbon tax, thereby bringing on a world-wide reduction in climate-destabilizing pollution.
It is this kind of action that is needed for us to address climate change comprehensively.
Tell the truth about safety... it might be necessary to remove the cameras to get more votes as a politician... but all the other issues can be fixed by reducing the fine to be no more revenue than a traffic policeman, increasing the wait times on the yellow and/or deleting the records to prevent "big brother" activity on non-violators. But safety? Read this....
Repeal of IRC 107 would be one quick and easy way to demonstrate how serious the candidates claim to be regarding fixing the tax code.
Why is the current Congress and President hush hush about their vision for the future of IRC 107 in light of Judge Crabb's recent ruling that IRC 107 is UNconstitutional?
Could it be they are not that serious about tax reform, even on the simplest of matters?
You were supposed to ask him about his position on the future of IRC 107 and the FFRF v. IRS IRC 107 case in light of Judge Crabb's recent decision that IRC 107 is UNconstitutional; a decision which the DOJ has filed an appeal.
Guess I'll continue to wait for Lucas, Alex and/or David to come out on that important, national issue.
Had a great time and it was good to see all the friendly faces there. Let's get to it people. Democracy is not run by the majority. It's run by the majority of people who show up!
It's election year pandering, to be sure, but it's pandering I can get behind.
I'd say invest either in the trolley or the stadium. The trolley is pointless currently because it doesn't go where people live. It should at least cross the river towards UT/Hyde Park, to encourage South Tampa residents and students to attend events downtown without driving. Ideally we could hop on a trolley from Howard to a hockey or baseball game downtown.
Join an Awake chapter in your county and get active. The movement is moving forward.
We need more rallies like this. We need it to spread into a real social movement, so that we can make this a desirable place to live for ALL.
I agree comment was taking out of context by the opposition. Republicans tried to capitalize on gaffe to call Alex Sink a racist and a bigot. Her comments were untactful but they do not speak to the greater issue that this community needs immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship. Jolly and other Tea Party Republicans are not willing to work for CIR with P2C and they will pay for it.
Furthermore, those who took the comment out of context and attack Alex Sink are the real bigots and racists. This whole misunderstanding demonstrates Republican hypocrisy at their best.
There is nothing so common in politics as "mock affront."
Undoubtedly, bringing people into downtown should be the goal of this money. While building the stadium and enhancing the Selmon Greenway would both attract visitors downtown, the question is which project will keep people downtown. If Tampa uses that money to start something that will be self-sustaining, we will all reap the rewards for years to come. Even though I'm an avid city biker, a major league baseball stadium will attract families, corporate sponsors, and young professionals, along with the bars and restaurants they will demand. Let the business owners then support the area by making it the most attractive place for people to live, work, and play.
What matters is what is the BEST for the GREAT people of Pinellas. The Answer is VOTING for David Jolly for Congress in this special election. On each issue David stands on Plans that BENEFIT the people of Pinellas. I'm a Veteran, Grew up in Pinellas. Want the BEST for the Great people of Pinellas. The future of the health system matters greatly in an area with many retirees. The race is VERY IMPORTANT for the future of every person in #CD13. VOTE David Jolly.
If you are breaking the law by living here without permission you should not be given assistance from the government......what about this issue is so hard to understand?
Why not even a mention that it is a 3 way race in the headline?
As long as CL prints "news" with the idea that onky the D or R is going to win, guess what, only the D or R will win.
Now, how did we end up in a corporate police state?
DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS.
Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority: "We were supposed to reroute the buses at the beginning of February, but found that the concrete poured for the transfer center wasn't the proper thickness, so all of that re-routing was postponed until further notice." (from their FB page)
...Seriously?!?!? These guys can't even pour concrete right and they want us to trust them to build a light-rail system?
i'm sure the tampons who's who is making plans on what to do with all that political $$$ for beautification around town like they got from the last cornvention
I'll protest it. March On the DNC, here we come!
It is probably time for someone to ask the Florida Ethics Commission to look into the PSTA’s Greenlight election campaign.
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