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 Carbon Footprint related Song Lyrics   

part of an old--1950s era- song (sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford) about coal mining: 

You load sixteen tons, what do you get?
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

a rewrite of those lyrics, where sixteen tons might be an average annual carbon footprint of a USA adult and the "debt" referred to is an ecological debt

You vent sixteen tons, what do we get?
Another year older and deeper in debt
Momma Gaia you tell me we ain’t got awhile
We gotta change our current lifestyle





1  words by Stephen P. Cook, , Project Worldview based on CLC plan

2   An initial  $40 per ton tax on carbon emitted in burning fossil fuels would bring in ~$200 billion / year to be shared equally by all Americans. The Climate Leadership Council says “Families of four would see an average annual payout of $2000” by the Soc. Security Admn. The tax would slowly rise. A border adjustment tax would hike prices on imports from countries that don’t impose carbon taxes--giving them incentives to do so. 

3   The carbon tax factors environmental costs into prices.  So prices of gasoline, non-renewable derived home heating fuels / electricity, etc. will rise. Rebates will offset increases—but 70% of Americans with lower incomes come out ahead since the wealthy tend to pollute more. Pricier fossil fuel will spur innovation, promote renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help us meet Paris climate pact goals.  

4   2016 average global temperatures set a record for the third straight year—with the increase above the previous year’s values being the largest ever.  Today average global temperatures are the highest they’ve been in the last 125,000 years! (see USA Today Jan 18 2017 story). 

5   The CLC says “Polls reveal 64% of Americans favor this plan, including 54% of conservative Republicans. The popularity of dividends is crucial not only to the initial passage of carbon taxes, but also to ensure ongoing support for gradually increasing the carbon tax rate.”