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  •  This is the kernel of it, isn't it (6+ / 0-)

    I was unclear, but you hit it out of the park here.

    We need public investment (paid for by progressive taxes, thank you) that provide economical opportunities for working people (and everyone else) to avoid the need to drive.  Carbon taxes are most regressive when people don't have any realistic alternative to paying it.

    As another possibility, if we institute strict fuel efficiency standards NOW, with carbon taxes starting low, increasing slowly, then increasing quickly, that'd mean that people can avoid taxes by buying ten year old cars they can afford by the time the tax kicks in.

    Thanks.

    Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

    by Mindful Nature on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:08:29 PM PST

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    •  Yes. This. (0+ / 0-)

      MASSIVE increases in investment in mass transit, coupled with small increases in the carbon tax and then building is the answer.

      Something like .25 cents now, then .10 c a year for 5 years, then .25 cents a year for 5 years-

      But a dollar now, followed by .25 cents a year? Recipie for economic crash and political disastter.

      "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

      by Whimsical on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 01:54:31 PM PST

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