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  •  I'm not sure you are entirely correct on this (1+ / 0-)
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    A Siegel

    In a carbon tax program both the low consumption household and the high consumption household would pay the same rate.  Sure, the high consumption household would end up paying far more money in carbon taxes but that is merely due to their consumption.

    My idea would end up creating a market that would be the size of 1, 2 or 5 percent of the local market year after year for energy conservation measures and for alternative energy (primarily but not limited to PV).

    As far as electricity consumption goes there are many ways to break it out but EIA often breaks it out between residential, commercial, industrial and even transportation.  Your point is valid that the residential sector is not the main consumer of electricity but that is the easiest portion to relate to and also the easiest to implement my tax idea.

    If you wanted to expand the discussion on how to implement the basic idea I've presented to the commercial arena we can certainly do that.  It's just tougher to come to agreement.  For example, a large business that has 5,000 employees working out of one location might actually be very efficient in their electricity consumption and use, say 50 kwhs per person per day, while a small business that employs 10 people might be highly inefficient and use 100 kwhs per person per day.  Which company should pay the higher rate?  (Note: kwh figures are merely for discussion purposes and may or may not be efficient use of the electricity)

    We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

    by theotherside on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 01:41:31 PM PST

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