Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:49 am
Part of the problem with fossil fuels is that nobody pays for the damage they do to the environment. Instead, their pollution remains and does damage, and the expense of the damage is borne by the people damaged, such as medical costs by individuals and cleanup costs by taxpayers. Cap and Trade is the most often proposed solution to that problem, but I think there is a better alternative.
I'm not happy with "Cap and Trade" I think it would quickly become a sneaky way for companies to hide and swap carbon emissions. I read about a pollution tax, and complete tax system that would tax the highest polluters the highest amount of money. Not recycling? Pay a tax, pouring your trash in the ocean or water ways, pay a tax, oil spills, pay a tax (and a FINE) and so on. Add to that no corporate money of any source to be given to the taxing agency or any other government agency that is supposed to protect the consumer or the environment - that does include the EPA and FDA.
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:43 pm
Noted and thanks for the info, Tom. At some point, it was all sounding suspicious to me, but this article has cleared that up. I really appreciated the background info.
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:27 pm
BC has had a carbon tax since 2008 but some of the benefits have been ignored by the provincial Liberal party (not the same as the federal Liberal Party and more like the old Republican party in the US). Attached is a recent article from the Province Newspaper.
BC's carbon tax is revenue neutral which distinguishes it from the Australian version that appears to be only partially neutral. But BC's is under review. The provincial Conservative party (aka Tea Party) wants to do away with the carbon tax altogether. Since we are heading into a provincial election in May 2013, the gloves are coming off on this topic. Here's some info from the BC Ministry of Finance that explains it.
Friday March 15, 2013, 6:10 am
concur. Even Care2 is into this shell game with the daily clicks on saving energy. No way one click will pay for the cost, let alone the ecological damge, of so much computer usage.
Friday March 15, 2013, 5:24 pm
Thanks Tom for the post, Link and the wonderful Australian PSA. I thoroughly agree that a Carbon Tax would be the much better alternative and that the Capitol Building should be a Republican Free Zone. Thanks to you Lynn for your comment and the URL. Read,viewed and noted.