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  •  Unfounded assumptions: (0+ / 0-)

    (1) That you have a higher carbon footprint than average.

    (2) That the program is designed without a social dividend

    (3) That the program won't make it possible for you to cut your own carbon footprint

    (4) That the program is designed with sufficiently low carbon prices that it will not work to reduce the average carbon footprint build into the US economy and

    (5) Simultaneously that the program will be designed with sufficiently high carbon prices imposed up front with little or no phase so that it will have an impact of $329 to $1600 a year.

    You are starting with the conclusion ~ my current carbon footprint times the carbon price is how much extra I have to pay ~ and assume every damn thing you need to in order to get to the conclusion, but the assumptions don't hang together.

    (1) If your carbon footprint is lower than average

    (2) You would get well over half back with a 50:50 social dividend

    (3) And with Connie Mae funding have the opportunity to substantially cut your own carbon footprint.

    Suppose we set a $0.05/pound carbon tax in 2040, imposed at a fifth of a cent per year starting 2015, with a 50:50 social dividend and Connie Mae finance of current social dividend up to 10 years ahead.

    Nobody in the United States would ever have to face a net cost as high as $30 a month except by choice, and large numbers would have a net income from a social dividend system, so would not have a net cost at all.

    We know that its possible to have a much higher standard of living with a much lower carbon footprint, since a homeless person in the US has a higher carbon footprint than the Japanese average.

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    by BruceMcF on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 11:27:20 AM PDT

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    •  Wow...let's talk then... (0+ / 0-)

      #1 has no bearing here, it matters not what you, my neighbor or anyone else's carbon footprint is.  You said the carbon taxing would be by the pound.  I used the handy carbon footprint calculator and presented the answer.  

      #2 Define "social dividend". Do I get a tax break if I have a lower carbon footprint? Can I sell my "extra" to others?  THIS IS THE PROBLEM today with the damn EPA's system. It took me quite a long time to figure out that the fracking "refinery" near Grand Island, NY...near where I roller bladed was allowed to violate the law if they bought "extra" credits.  The system did nothing to stop the crimes from happening, it allowed it. AND AGAIN, where did the damn money go that these companies paid "extra" for? Where do all those fines they pay go?

      #3 How will the program lower my footprint? Will it give me a new electric car, say the Tesla X?  Will it insulate my apartment so that I do not use as much natural gas to keep warm? Will it create electricity that is green, so that I can keep cool in summer?  I already help by paying an extra $5 a month for "proven green power" from NYSEG.  2400 kilowatts a year.  Not much but I'm dirt poor. Will it give me a new fridge and not the one that is over 20 yrs old? One that would use half the electric if it was?

      #4 doesn't make sense to me.

      #5 So, what you are saying is that the first line of producers gets slammed? Doesn't shit roll down hill from there? Everyone and their brothers take a slice of the pie or making excuses for a bigger and bigger piece, right?

      Your summation of my position makes no sense. I've based my reasoning on what I've been told, by you.

      Who determines what the thresholds are? What's to stop some future administration from lowering "the average" thus enabling them to keep the dividends to pay for some golf course, football stadium or pet project? What's to stop them from raising the proposed 5 cents per pound to say 50 cents?  At what point do we say we've done the job we need to? Carbon neutral existence means what in reality?

      Where does the money come from to pay the interest on these future loans? Are they in perpetuity? Where and when is the break even point?

      While I agree, we all can lower our carbon footprints but comparing our society to the Japanese is disingenuous.  They are totally controlled and subjugated and have a national debt that is 240% of their GDP.  And I do not desire to live like a sardine.  The Japanese have no choices, they lack the physical real-estate.

      So, how does all of this actually stop global warming again? Why such a convoluted system when the EPA could just as easily raise the new home standards to mandating them to be 70% more efficient? The very real costs about $5,000 extra per home.  All it would take would be proper insulation and design.

      Why is the focus always on transportation? The largest cost to every person in this country is keeping their homes warm and/or cold, our huge carbon footprints come from the poorly designed homes we live in. Why don't we use the funds to put solar panels on ever home and business? Or build thorium reactors? Or home insulation? Or building design? Or wind turbines? Or geothermal? Or, or a multitude of other options that CAN make a real difference in all of our lives together. AS was the point made by the gentlemen from YALE that you lambasted!

      Seriously, is it really about reducing global warming and/or lowering our overall carbon footprints? If so, then I'm not impressed.

      Now do you see why Big Oil & Coal can get away with attacking us??? Most everyone I know is struggling to survive until their next paycheck and these grandiose plans won't help any of us in real immediate ways.

      I do appreciate you taking time to respond to me.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Tue Oct 16, 2012 at 04:13:47 PM PDT

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