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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Social Studies, Economics

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Global, North America


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Carbon Tax: Would Paying for CO2 Emissions Hurt Your Wallet?

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  • This video makes a case for carbon taxes, arguing that they could reduce emissions and promote other alternative sources of energy. 
  • Students will learn how a carbon tax in British Columbia, Canada lowered carbon emissions, boosted the economy, and helped low-income earners. 

Teaching Tips


  • This video is short and informative.
  • The video description provides a link to sources for further reading.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Ads may play before the video.
  • Prior knowledge of climate change is necessary.


Scientist Notes
The resource explains the benefits of carbon taxation and pricing. This measure helps to reduce CO2 emissions from polluters and reduces taxes on low-income communities. This resource is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • Active Citizenship in the 21st Century - Economics, Innovation, and Technology
      • 6.3.8.EconET.1: Using quantitative data, evaluate the opportunity cost of a proposed economic action, and take a position and support it (e.g., healthcare, education, transportation).
      • 6.3.8.EconET.2: Assess the impact of government incentives and disincentives on the economy (e.g., patents, protection of private property, taxes).
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-2. Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
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