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  •  Nonsense (3+ / 0-)
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    Miggles, Minnesota Deb, Laconic Lib

    We desperately need and could benefit from a carbon tax. What regurgitated CfG and ATR talking points are you smoking? We're the most undertaxed country on earth. Anyone doesn't like taxes, there's the border--use it.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:35:06 AM PDT

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    •  one could say the same about liking taxes. (0+ / 0-)

      Like taxes?  I'll give you the names of any number of countries that will gladly tax you at the 50% level.

      But, you are wrong about carbon taxes.  We are already doing almost as much as we can in reducing emissions.  It would be extremely difficult to move away from carbon any faster without tanking the economy.

      And, at the expense of repeating myself - we are at 20 year lows in emissions.

      •  And why are we at these lows? (2+ / 0-)
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        Minnesota Deb, Laconic Lib

        Gas taxes, gas prices, the economy, and regulations. It's not exactly rocket science economics to realize that punishing bad behavior tends to work, and that making offenders pay for external costs up front is a wonderful idea. If you have a beef with taxes, then you're on the wrong site.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 06:59:20 AM PDT

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        •  only partly... (1+ / 0-)
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          BvueDem

          Natural Gas prices have plummeted.

          It is now much more economical to convert coal plants to natural gas, rather than modifying those plants to meet emissions standards.  And why is that?  Fracking.

          So, it proves no tax is needed. Reward good behavior - i.e. tax credits for renewables.  And regulate coal emissions to the point where moving to natural gas is a sound economic decision.  No tax needed - no tax punishments - only tax rewards.

          •  And fracking is massively expensive (0+ / 0-)

            in terms of its externalities and is NOT "good behavior".

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 10:55:36 AM PDT

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