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  •  The Solution... (2+ / 0-)
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    cookiebear, NNadir

    ...to our wasteful practices in the realm of energy is a market based system which puts a dollar value of the pollution associated with producing useful energy.

    Right now, nobody has any financial interest in making cleaner choices.  The patchwork of mandates to control various forms of pollution are too kludgy.

    When the environmental impact of our choices are properly factored into prices, consumers at all levels will make better choices, and the market will provide those choices to them.

    "Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom." - George Bernard Shaw

    by RealityBias on Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 12:29:22 PM PST

    •  This is why we need a carbon tax: Now!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Needs to be more dynamic (1+ / 0-)
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        cookiebear

        We need a more dynamic and symmetrical approach than a tax, or even taxes and rebates.  We need an actual economic framework which inherently factors in environmental impact.

        A system of trading credits, which increases the price of more polluting technologies while symmetrically reducing the price of less polluting ones would be preferable.  But not just for big power plants, for every consumer decision.

        "Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom." - George Bernard Shaw

        by RealityBias on Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 01:05:31 PM PST

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      •  Carbon Tax is the only viable immediately avail (0+ / 0-)

        Carbon Tax is the only viable immediately-available significant option. We need to insist that the Dems understand that, and get on it.

        •  Why? (0+ / 0-)

          Why is some kind of trading market less viable than a tax?

          "Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity; and fashion will drive them to acquire any custom." - George Bernard Shaw

          by RealityBias on Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 01:14:10 PM PST

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          •  Becasue Let's get started and serious. (1+ / 0-)
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            Let's get started. A significant carbon tax can have an impact. Right away. We can do that, right away. An imprefect carbon tax could mean real reductions right away. Thsi matters far more than an ideologically preferable trading system.  

            After decades of being immersed in these questions, I agree with you that a system of monitoring and trading credits and a balancing of interests might work remarkably well.

            We need an actual economic framework which inherently factors in environmental impact.

            But, to create that system in a manner that will be acceptable to the many many different and powerful voices that will want to have a say will mean years of disagreements and disputes. That is the reality of the entanglement of the political/economic/environmental/health quagmire that has prevented real climate change mitigation to this point. Let's get real, institute a tax and every possible conservation effort, and then tweak and improve credits-trading and whatever other systems we can to further the critical objective - actual, dramatically significant reductions of emmisions. imho.

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