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  •  California is a sterling example their energy code (0+ / 0-)

    is terrific but you can take mandatory requirements too far,
    that is, economically unfeasible--at least until a carbon tax is applied. You could put R-50 insulation in your attic but
    it would take 50 years before you would make your money back and the house is only good for 40 years and some insulation like foam last less than 30.
    It is a terrible fact that only the rich can afford substantial energy efficiency(beyond weatherstripping and attic insulation). If the poor cannot afford clean energy the world will get dirtier fast.

    What worries me is the statement(Ehrlich) that the world must reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2050 even though world population will probably be 9 or 10 billion people to avoid ~450ppm. Only technology and incentives/disincentives can do that.

    •  Sanders-Boxer subsidizes the insulation... (0+ / 0-)

      ...of a million homes a year with some of the revenue from the carbon fee of $20 a ton on the top 2,869 fossil-fuel polluters (increasing at 5.6% a year).

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 11:08:35 PM PST

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