It is said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Recently, however, CFACT at the University of Minnesota-Duluth worked to stifle one of those. Marking tax day this year, CFACT worked to educate students on the destructive consequences of a carbon tax here at home.
“Many students on campus don’t realize what would happen as a result of a carbon tax.” Said UMD Chairwoman Alicha Greenlee. “The number of jobs that a carbon tax would effectively kill is enough to make anyone reconsider support of it. And that goes double for soon to be graduates entering the job force.”
Yet job seekers alone aren’t the only ones who will feel the effects of a carbon tax. As industry raises prices to offset the cost of the new tax, energy becomes more expensive. And in the name of environmentalism low income families are forced to spend even more money on necessities like heating their home. This results in less money to save or spend elsewhere, placing yet another obstacle to breaking out of the cycle of poverty.
“I know we made an impression with some of our classmates today,” added Greenlee, “and equipped with better information, they will be able to speak out against a carbon tax.”