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  •  import duty when they enter the country (6+ / 0-)

    Collect the carbon valuation when they cross into the US. We already collect duty on certain imported products, this would work the same way.

    However we'd then need to decide whether to refund the carbon valuation when exported products leave the country. I'd vote against this, but it'd be a valid question.

    •  How does one measure carbon valuation? (1+ / 0-)
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      The proposal would result in major US job losses in steel, aluminum, autos, trucks, appliances, semiconductors, etc.. and other manufacturing that are electricity intensive and a severely damaged trade balance and loss of tax revenues.

      Computer server farms - which are very electricity intensive would also leave the US.

      Making Aluminum and recycling Steel requires massive volumes of electricity - electricity that could range from 100% green to 100% coal.  These metals could come in the form of Al or Steel or as components in finished products - such as cars, appliances, wind turbines, etc.

      The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

      by nextstep on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:00:47 PM PST

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    •  You'd get shot down by the WTO (3+ / 0-)
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      I imagine. They don't like people getting in the way of despoiling the planet.   They love subsidizing industries with weak enviroental and worker protections

      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 Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 12:14:07 PM PST

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      •  One: We INVENTED the WTO (0+ / 0-)

        and we can un-invent it.  It's mainly powered by American force, so if we don't maintain it, it will fall apart.  Second, they can't make too much of a stink if we're merely applying the same standards across the board as we do to domestic production, and can prove it.

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