Briefing for the Minister BRIEFING FOR THE MINISTER Carbon tax Summary Following the approval for the implementation of the new carbon tax, a lot of issues have been raised by members of the opposition. One of them is the amount of it will the tax payers to run. This is basically due to the use of taxpayers’ money to compensate some businesses and family (Hassett et al., 2007). Additionally, the opposition has blamed the carbon tax for significant job losses in the aviation industry and therefore called for its abolition. A ministerial statement on the above issue is expected from you specifically on its feasibility and challenges.IssueMembers of the opposition have raised their concern about the impact of carbon taxes to the country’s economy and are, therefore, fronting for its repeal or total abolition. BackgroundOn Thursday last week, some members of the opposition pointed out the sudden increase in the operating cost of some airplane. They also cited the case of a large number of people who have lost their job due to increased operating cost in the airline industry (Hsu, 2011). There was a proposal by some members for the carbon tax to be abolished in order to prevent loss of jobs and increase cost of living. The carbon tax faces some challenges in its current form and therefore requires your intervention.ConsiderationsA number of environmental experts are of the opinion that the carbon tax should not be abolished. instead, it should be revised and a section of the contentious clauses such as cost be repealed (Gandhi et al., 2007). A report from the environmental shield agency has cited increased awareness and conformation to the carbon tax and advised against its abolition.RecommendationsA detailed, comprehensive and insightful statement is expected from you by 25th March, 2014 in order to convince the house members on the relevance of the carbon tax. Further, evaluate the contentious clauses and look for a solution from environmental experts. ConclusionConsider the weight of the matter and take time to respond appropriately. You will be briefed before 23rd March in case of any new development.Steve Williams,SecretaryContacts:619-990-0000Environment divisionReferencesGandhi, V. P., Cuervo, J., Gandhi, V. P., amp. International Monetary Fund. (2007). Carbon Taxes: Their Macroeconomic Effects and Prospects for Global Adoption A Survey of the Literature. Washington, D.C: International Monetary FundHassett, K. A., Mathur, A., Metcalf, G. E., amp. National Bureau of Economic Research. (2007). The incidence of a U.S. carbon tax: A lifetime and regional analysis. Cambridge, Mass: National Bureau of Economic Research.Hsu, S.-L. (2011). The case for a carbon tax: Getting past our hang-ups to effective climate policy. Washington, DC: Island Press..
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