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  •  a carbon tax is the only reasonable way (3+ / 0-)

    to affect demand that doesn't require governments to monitor every action undertaken by every human being on planet Earth that might possibly contribute carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.

    Of course such taxes will have to be integrated into a binding international climate agreement to prevent carbon offshoring in nations with laxer enforcement standards.

    That and removing those outdated subsidies for development of fossil fuel energy. They were useful 80 years ago, not now.

    When fossil fuels are correctly priced in such a way that takes their true costs into account, then we will see a huge swing towards renewables (aided, of course, by subsidizing their development).

    Supply-side protests are useful for raising public consciousness of the problem, and then perhaps legislators will finally take notice and feel some pressure to solve the problem.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 01:22:39 PM PST

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    •  Yes, exactly (0+ / 0-)

      and it could be phased in over time so that it is not immediately onerous, but will soon become that way if ignored.

      I suspect that an ever accumulating $0.25 a gallon per year (for gasoline - adjusted proportionately based on energy content for coal, diesel, ethanol, etc) would do the trick.

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