Should Big Companies Be Taxed For Environmental Pollution?

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  1. ngureco profile image82
    ngurecoposted 9 years ago

    Should Big Companies Be Taxed For Environmental Pollution?

  2. billups.13 profile image55
    billups.13posted 9 years ago

    Why not?  I don't see why we can't even litter but huge companies can pretty much do whatever they want.  But, I think they would still get out of it by exporting their pollution to China.

  3. dabeaner profile image56
    dabeanerposted 9 years ago

    How about taxing breeders who reproduce at more than replacement levels for the pollution that their excess spawn cause?

  4. Bub Dudley profile image51
    Bub Dudleyposted 9 years ago

    The tax would only be passed to the workers, as are other taxes.

  5. Caerleon profile image77
    Caerleonposted 9 years ago

    Yes, they should. But that alone will not solve the problem in the long run.  They will just pass the added expense on to the end user one way or another.  There must be a way to encourage companies to find other ways to produce their goods in the cleanest way they can.  To be fair to them this won't happen over night.  Technologies may not be available or expensive.  The tax money could be used to support that development.  So a plan for getting rid of the polluting technologies must be in place.

  6. Doc Snow profile image93
    Doc Snowposted 9 years ago

    "Polluter pays" has become a pretty accepted regulatory principle in many countries, and, I think, rightfully so.  The payments can be taxes, fines, or emission permit fees, but if some organization is going to profit by degrading a public good, they need to pay.  Otherwise, what incentive is there for them to do the right thing?

  7. Moonchild60 profile image76
    Moonchild60posted 8 years ago

    Oh YES!!!  They have loopholes and huge tax breaks and ways of getting around EVERY damn thing.  It would be about time these big companies paid their fair share!!   I am sick to death of everything falling on the middle class and small businesses.

  8. barryrutherford profile image76
    barryrutherfordposted 8 years ago

    Rather than considering it a Tax consider it a penalty or fine for polluting the atmosphere.  Companies should then seek to immediately implement reforms to reduce their toxic emissions by turning to alernatives...

  9. mintinfo profile image75
    mintinfoposted 8 years ago

    They should. Big companies will always try to make the argument that they cannot survive under excessive taxation but health is more important than wealth. People do not like change and neither does big business. The aim in not to put companies out of business. The aim is to encourage them to clean up their act. There is always a better way and eventually that way will become cheaper to implement. 

    Just because we cannot immediately see the effects of most pollution does not mean it does not exist. There are many among us who believe that nature is invincible. Acid Rain disproved that. Valuable Lessons were learned during the Industrial Revolution of the late18th and early 19th centuries when smog almost choked most of Europe to death and caused numerous health problems.

  10. Uva profile image72
    Uvaposted 8 years ago

    Big polluting companies and entire industries should be dismantled and up-cycled - example: instead of coal we should use EPA certified pellet stoves, with the pellets being 2nd use food safe paper & plant wax tubs (like juice & milk cartons or chinese food take out boxes ) - the tubs being the result of up-cycling the entire plastic food container industry etc.. infinity until all carbon heavy users on non-renewable resources have been replaces with smarter less polluting renewable alternatives. Fines + taxes do not cut it. Dismantle and up-cycle all of the worst polluting industries.

  11. Lita C. Malicdem profile image60
    Lita C. Malicdemposted 8 years ago

    Imposing tax to violators is just like legalizing their wrong practices.We can't correct a wrong doing another wrong. They have money to pay any amount. They won't budge in, anyway they are made to pay the government. What is needed for them to behave  is to impose strictest possible laws and if they fail, the government arm in charge must tell these big companies to pack up and their license to operate be recalled.

    To be able to do this with success, the government arm must be in itself a high-profile group of law-abiding individuals themselves who can't be  intimidated nor "sweet-talked" under the table.

  12. eovery profile image60
    eoveryposted 8 years ago

    It depends on the pollutant.  Actually, big companies are not allowed to pollute very much any more.  The sulfer, CO  and NOX along with many hydro-carbons, and most of the pollutant has been decreased.  Now Mercury and Lead are being looked and it will be controlled.

    If you are talking CO2 emission, I firmly believe it is not a pollutant because it is a cycle of life itself.  Therefore it does not fall into the pollutant category.

  13. LensMan999 profile image51
    LensMan999posted 8 years ago

    First of all they should be given awareness regarding the topic. They should also be given help and alternatives regarding how to do their activities without polluting the environment. If this is not successful, they are to be taxed.

 
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