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ENVIRONMENT 2018-02-10T21:23:37+00:00

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

People who make a mess that encroaches onto other people must be required to clean it up, or to pay for the loss they have imposed on others. Government failing to require polluters to pay is the creation of a privilege for the polluting class.

I favor direct taxes on pollution proportioned to the amount of pollution, and to the severity of the damaging effects for the pollutant.

I also think that the government should consider passing some of these charges through to the neighbors, who are injured by polluter as a form of direct compensation.

Other forms of environmental damage are worth special attention.  I don’t believe that any right exists to drive other species to extinction for present day profit.  This amounts to a gigantic theft from future generations and represents a taking beyond price.  Regulation prohibiting destructive acts that take our common natural inheritance from future generations is emphatically the business of the state.  There is no just basis for compensation to be paid to prevent species destruction.

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Climate change is real and is man-made. We do not have much time to change course before causing irreparable harm to the biosphere. I support the plan proposed by the climate scientist, James Hansen, for taxing all carbon extraction on a per-pound basis and then channeling the funds into a pool, which will then be regularly rebated back to the population on a per-capita basis. Under this plan if you have a small carbon footprint you will come out ahead financially. If you have a high carbon footprint, you will pay more. The incentives will be aligned to reduce carbon extraction.

Climate change is probably the greatest plunder in human history. We are consigning humans within just a few generations (possibly less) to a tragically reduced biosphere inheritance. We have crossed 400 ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere. Pre-industrial levels were about 250 ppm, so we now have about 1.6 times the main gas that determines how much heat the world absorbs from sunlight. Perhaps as many as half of the species on the planet will soon go extinct under on our current path. All this destruction is so that a handful of people can enjoy a transient profit. Compounding this tragedy is that we are close to having the technologies for transitioning fully to a post carbon extraction world. We need leadership in the form of setting incentives and promoting the emerging energy technologies.

“Ice sheets are not Republicans or Democrats — they don’t have a political agenda as they disappear.”

Dr. Michael E. Mann, Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University.

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It is easy with a big problem like climate change to become discouraged and overwhelmed.  But with smart government actions such as the carbon pass-through tax and support for new technologies we can live better lives through the transition to a post-carbon extraction world.  There will also be many entrepreneurial opportunities for de-centralized energy production.  Instead of a few major corporations producing needed liquid fuels, we can transition to hundreds of new, local, independent companies providing our energy.  As carbon is correctly priced, there will be countless other new business opportunities for helping people manage the transition.  If we put the big picture incentives in place, then everyone can do their part by simply paying attention to the price cues and noting how others are handling the transition.  Instead of being a huge daunting problem, it will be many manageable decisions on each person’s part.  We can build a sustainable future and the journey can also be one of renewed economic vitality.  Let’s please dispense with the false narrative that we much choose between prosperity and a sustainable system.

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