To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by imposing a tax on primary fossil fuels based on their carbon content. Read More


This bill was introduced on Oct 24, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.


Date Introduced
Oct 24, 2011


Bill Text


To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by imposing a tax on primary fossil fuels based on their carbon content.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ``Save Our Climate Act of 2011''.


The Congress finds as follows: (1) The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that human emissions of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide are responsible for global climate change. (2) The IPCC has estimated that global temperatures will rise between 3.2-7.2 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 100 years if carbon dioxide emissions are not dramatically reduced. (3) An increase of even a few degrees could have major adverse impacts on both the natural and man-made environments, due to rising sea-levels, intensification of weather events, mass extinction of species, and scarcity of water. (4) The United States is responsible for nearly 18 percent of the world's annual carbon dioxide emissions, equaling approximately 5.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. (5) In order to stabilize the earth's climate and prevent catastrophic global climate change, the level of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions needs to be reduced 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050. (6) A tax on the carbon content of fossil fuels will create incentives for investment and development of low and zero carbon alternatives, thereby reducing carbon dioxide emissions and while...

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11/07/2011 -- Two weeks ago, U.S. Congressman Pete Stark introduced the Save Our Climate Act, H.R. 3242, that proposes levying a tax on carbon. This bill is designed to reduce national dependence on foreign oil, drive alternative energy development, mitigate the effects of climate change, and reduce our national deficit. Congressman Stark's Carbon Tax Bill press release reads: The Carbon Tax Center estimates that over 10 years, the Save our Climate Act would raise more than $2.6 trillion in revenue and reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent. Over several decades, the legislation will reduce the United States' carbon emissions to 80 percent below the country's emissions levels in 1990, which is the level scientists say much be achieved to stabilize our climate. I know what you're thinking... "But carbon tax aimed at the fossil fuel industry will ultimately increase the cost of energy for the consumer and screw over the little guy!" Fear not, my logically skeptical friends, this bill proposes to distribute over $2 trillion in revenue back to consumers over 10 years in the form of annual dividends starting at $160 per person per year and rising to $1,170 per person per year in year ten. The Save Our Climate Act has massive potential to actually make a difference towards reducing the effects of climate change and drive growth in the renewable energy industry if folks will get on board with Congressman Stark.

River Network 3 years ago

As evidence keeps mounting about the dangerous trajectory of human-induced climate change, it becomes clear that Earth’s natural systems are rapidly approaching tipping points for global warming. Failure to act now will doom future generations to one cataclysm after another – shortages of food and water, displacement of millions from rising sea levels, more frequent and severe weather disasters, and the breakdown of civil society. The deal struck at the U.N. climate change conference in Durban, South Africa, in December does not take effect until 2020. Waiting another eight years to start reducing greenhouse gas emissions may well be a death sentence for a stable climate. The United States, the world’s largest historic source of atmospheric greenhouse gases by far, must take decisive steps now to reduce those emissions with a national policy that compels other nations to follow our lead. The most important step in such a national policy is to make polluters pay for carbon emissions in a way that will drive the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Such a policy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, by providing an economic stimulus, produce the 21st Century jobs Americans need. Legislation to price carbon emissions has been introduced in the current Congress: the Save Our Climate Act of 2011, H.R. 3242. Introduced by Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), this bill efficiently taxes carbon-based fuels at the first point of sale and returns the lion’s share of revenues to the public. The tax starts at $10 per ton of carbon dioxide and increases each year by an additional $10 a ton. The Carbon Tax Center estimates such a tax will reduce U.S. emissions 25 percent by the year 2020 by erasing fossil fuels’ artificial price advantage over energy efficiency and low-carbon fuels. By returning 80% of the revenue to the public on an equal, per household basis – the remaining 20% will be used for debt reduction – H.R. 3242 will shield households from the economic impact of rising energy costs associated with the carbon tax while retaining the economic incentives that will drive producers and consumers away from coal, oil and gas. The clear price signal provided by the tax will move massive amounts of investment toward clean-energy technology and energy efficiency, stimulating the creation of new jobs. This legislation also imposes border adjustments on imports from nations that do not yet have equivalent carbon pricing, thereby protecting American businesses from unfair competition. These tariffs will create a powerful incentive for other nations to adopt their own carbon tax in order to keep revenue within their borders. For the good of our nation and our world and in the hope that we may preserve a livable world for future generations, we the undersigned urge members of Congress to pass the Save Our Climate Act.

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I support The Save Our Climate Act (SOCA) because... climate change is the most important issue of our time, and time is running out to do anything about it. A carbon tax is an excellent way to curb carbon emissions and to incentivize energy efficiency changes and deployment of non-carbon polluting energy sources. Please take the time to read James Hansen's recent paper, "Assessing “Dangerous Climate Change”: Required Reduction of Carbon Emissions to Protect Young People, Future Generations and Nature", which supports a carbon tax approach. The empty rhetoric President Obama gave in the SOTU address is just more talk. We need action from Congress. Yesterday. Thank you, Dan Regan Santa Cruz, CA

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Bill Summary

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide by imposing a tax on primary fossil fuels based on their carbon content.

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