I believe that the carbon tax is punitive because that's exactly what governments are required to do as per the UN Agenda 2030. The more governments tax fossil fuels, the better they like it and the poor countries will suffer and the Wealthier countries will decline in living standards. That's the plan.If you had to define the term “Carbon Tax” into a few sentences that also describes the reasoning for its existence, how would you do so?
Going forward, on the financial spectrum of who is affected by the carbon tax, on the top end are the rich who won’t really notice it and who’s behaviour won’t change. On the bottom end are the poor who really can’t do anything about it but will receive rebates regardless to offset this tax (& I’m not saying that’s wrong), and in the middle will be the rest paying for this carbon tax who, regardless of what they do to reduce their carbon footprint will pay more and more carbon tax every year.
Those in the middle can either not change their behaviour, being “Incentively” taxed until they eventually qualify for rebates, or do everything they to lower their carbon footprint while paying a carbon tax and not qualifying for a rebate just to try and stay where they are financially, like hamsters on a wheel that speeds up incrementally every single year on April Fools day.
That’s where it feels like I’m at regarding the Carbon Tax, but maybe it’s one of those “Forest for the Trees” thing where I’m too busy running on the Hamster Wheel to stop and see a different perspective.