Climate Change Solution?

Scarlett Tran

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping did not attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) on October 31. China produces 28% of the world’s global emissions and Russia produces 5% of the global CO2 output. In February 2021 Tesla CEO Elon Musk proposed imposing a carbon tax to cut greenhouse gas emissions. When coal and gas are burned, carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. Scientists believe that excess carbon dioxide causes global warming. America’s “normal temperature” has changed from 51.5F (1901) to 53.3F (2021) according to the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

A carbon tax would benefit Tesla, which produces electric vehicles (EV). Musk argues that people should use clean energy and move away from fossil fuels. Is a carbon tax an effective way to cut greenhouse gas emissions?

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