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Unformatted text preview: GEOG100 0103 Can a Tax on Carbon Help Prevent Climate Change? During the last 10 years the earth has experienced some of its warmest days. The rate of warming has also doubled in the last 50 years, which can be attributed to human interaction with the environment. Greenhouse gases, deforestation, and general pollution are all contributing factors to the global warming effect on the earth's surface. The global warming effect is causing the polar ice caps to melt in turn raising the sea levels, changes to rainfall patterns, as well as extreme and unpredictable weather. There has been much debate on how to reduce emissions effectively without causing global economic strain. It has already been proven that an increase in gas prices will lead to a substantial decrease in gas consumption and miles driven. Between November 2007 and June 2008 Americans drove 53 billion fewer miles compared to the same months in the previous year. If a gas tax was imposed, individuals would look for alternative modes of transportation, buy more fuel efficient vehicles, and relocate closer...
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- Spring '08