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About the Carbon Tax-inator
The purpose of the carbon tax-inator is to calculate a surcharge on carbon-intensive activities,
The tax rate is the rate you want to charge yourself per ton of CO2.
The default rate is $220/ton of CO2, which is a recent estimate of the actual cost of emitting a ton of CO2 in terms of current and future harm.
Source: Moore and Diaz, 2015
The US Government uses a value of $37/ton to calculate the potential impact of policy decisions.
Every gallon of gasoline burned is responsible for about 26 pounds of CO2 emissions. This includes the full life cycle, from extraction, refinining, and delivery, all the way to burning the fuel to power a vehicle, run a lawnmower, or heat your home.
Source: Biomass Energy Centre
Pound for pound, lamb, beef, and cheese are the foods with the highest carbon footprints.
For more information, see Environmental Working Group’s Meat Eater’s Guide to Climate Change + Health.
The carbon footprint of electricity depends on the fuels used to generate it. States that burn mainly coal for electricity generation have much higher carbon intensities than states relying more on hydropower and renewables. The carbon tax-inator uses data on the carbon intensity of electricity production for each of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia to give a more accurate picture of your carbon footprint. If you purchase renewable electricity, the carbon tax is waived!
When it is burned, the carbon emissions from natural gas (or “methane”) are lower than oil or coal, and can be lower than electricity depending upon your state’s energy mix.
Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration
For a single act, flying is far and away the average person’s most carbon-intensive activity. A round-trip flight from New York to Los Angeles creates about 1 ton of emissions per passenger!
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