It was with great anticipation, I looked forward to reading the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act of 2015. I am sorry to say I found it to be a great disappointment in some aspects. In the “How the program will work” section, item 3 under scope states that it “excludes agriculture and waste management, and all emissions from biofuels and biomass.” Without further information, I am assuming this means wood in various forms.
I am for carbon tax on the big oil companies for their reckless disregard of the health and welfare of the planet and all that inhibit it, but I don’t believe substituting it with another form of heavy pollution. In Mason County, we fought to keep the ADAGE plant from operating. When all was said and done, there would have been 24 permanent jobs and 668,000 tons of CO2 spewed over the county that would be considered carbon exempt. Not a fair trade off.
I may be wrong, but I have a gut feeling there has been some backroom discussions and agreements, the “good ole boys club”, between the government and the timber industry. If I am wrong, I stand corrected. But if you read the act there is no information about the jobs to be created or the fuel substitute.