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  •  I think the point is that we need a way to (3+ / 0-)
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    Mindful Nature, PatriciaVa, ozsea1

    protect lower income families from the impact of higher carbon-based energy prices if we expect the public to support such measures.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 08:15:08 AM PDT

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    •  they need alternatives to carbon-based energy (3+ / 0-)
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      and transportation. it's important to price perilously dangerous  things with hugely costly externalities at the point where they're not used casually, but there needs to be an alternative for them to use to avoid the carbon economy. it stands to reason that the rich and especially the carbon-intensive extractive industries that have largely created this mess should pay for that alternate infrastructure.

    •  Cap & Dividend (1+ / 0-)
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      mightymouse

      James Hansen has laid it out very clearly.

      Put a cap on carbon, charge a fee for carbon use, give a dividend to every household on a regular (probably monthly) basis comprising 100% of the carbon fee back to the public. The amount of the dividend is divided evenly among the population, so those who use less energy get more money back than they paid - energy savings = profit.

      It's a perfect mechanism to encourage rapid reduction in use.

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