Global Warming: It's our fault, but changes can combat the destruction
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#1 Sep 29, 2013
I don't agree with more regulation (complicated, hard to administer, and easily bypassed by lobbies). The real answer is a carbon tax and let the markets decide. The tax can replace regressive taxes such as income and payroll. The better option for now would probably to make a 'carbon surcharge' where a tax is collected but then refunded completely to the taxpayer, distributed so that the refund exactly compensates for the AVERAGE energy use by the recipient group. I.e farmers would need more than the average commuter.
This would mean that the 'energy saver' would get a boost and the 'fossil fool' would pay a penalty which would spur greener energy for all.
MUCH easier to implement as it is collected on the basis of a fuels carbon content which is fairly easy to determine and not subject to political pressure. The classes of recipients would definitely be the major debate. That is the ONLY part that could be manipulated and so the manipulations would be easily visible and hard to 'hide'.
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