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Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax on Natural Gas

Add carbon tax per therm to every SV user of Natural Gas which is used to provide rebates for switching to electric for space heating, etc.

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Written by

John Cordes, Sierra Club

How are you connected to Sunnyvale?

  • I live in Sunnyvale.

What type of applicant are you?

  • Community member

Stage of Development.

  • Early concept or idea (<few months of work)

What problem are you aiming to solve? (100 words)

Reduce the demand for natural gas by making it more expensive and lower the cost of switching to electric by using the funds raised to offer rebates on electric appliances.

Tell us more about your climate strategy or solution (500 words)

It is pretty simple. Make Natural Gas more expensive and people will want to use less of it.

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (100 words)

There are two main obstacles to decarbonizing existing buildings. Natural gas is inexpensive and switching to electrical is expensive. This change makes Natural Gas more expensive and lowers the cost to switch to cheaper and greener electric appliances.

Explain how your idea would be implemented in Sunnyvale (700 words)

Not sure on the details yet. Hopefully the funds should be used to help low income residents switch first so their monthly expenses do not go up.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (250 words)

See above

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of people affected. (250 words)

The concept is universal and could be applied everywhere in Ca and the world.

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (500 words)

So no time for more thought on this.

As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (300 words)


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Unfortunately this idea is too early and INCREASES pollution. Read my initiative to understand why and let me know any questions.