Fighting the New York Carbon Tax

Written on: September 9, 2021

Are There Less Expensive Ways to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

carbon tax new yorkDoes it make sense to switch to a less efficient heating fuel when there are safe and clean-burning fuels to help keep your home and family comfortable, even on the coldest nights?

Thanks in part to the transition to ultra-low sulfur heating oil, heating oil is playing a leading role in the drive towards clean energy. Particulate emissions have been reduced significantly from the already low levels of the past few decades. New heating oil systems now burn fuel 99.9% cleanly, according to studies conducted at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven Laboratory.

Nevertheless, there’s a misguided effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by pushing homeowners and businesses to convert their heating to electric-powered heating systems. One of the ways New York State is trying to force this change is through a “carbon tax” that will cost families and business owners an estimated $21,900 over ten years.

That’s without factoring in the price of converting to electric heating systems, which can cost tens of thousands of dollars.

We’re all in favor of combatting climate change. The problem is, more than 90% of the coal used in the United States goes towards electricity production. Only the transportation sector creates more greenhouse gases. More than 63% of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels, mostly coal and natural gas.* Even if renewable power is available, the U.S. is not close to meeting its goal yet; we’re still stuck with environmentally destructive forms of electricity, and until that changes, heating with electricity cannot be considered the best option.

Heating oil generates a very high number of BTUs of heat energy per gallon, so it will warm your home reliably—and more evenly. Modern, efficient heating-oil systems in well-insulated homes can help homeowners achieve the same amount of warmth while using much less fuel!

The proposed carbon tax levies the least amount on electric usage. But when it comes to heating your home, electricity costs more—and impacts the environment more.

If you agree that this is the wrong way to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change, tell your legislators to oppose carbon taxes.

With Downey Oil, you get dependable delivery of cleaner-burning, efficient heating oil all year-round. Become a customer today and experience the difference we can make for your Hudson Valley home or business!