Market-Based Incentives To Cut Greenhouse Gases

<p>Garrett Gruener and Daniel M. Kammen propose letting individual taxpayers decide how to curb global warming.</p>
February 3, 2007, 11am PST | Abhijeet Chavan
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"The trick is to design a 'global cooling tax' that a majority of Americans will want to pay. We propose a tax that will hit energy hogs hardest...Our carbon tax proposal is based on the principle that every consumer of fossil-fuel energy should have to pay the price of getting rid of the carbon generated by burning it. So the owner of a gasoline-powered Hummer who drives it 10,000 miles a year would pay $200 a year, and a Prius driver would pay $50...But energy sources that don't generate carbon (such as wind, solar and other renewable resources) would not be taxed; instead, producers could sell emissions credits to carbon polluters...But instead of going to the Treasury, the tax money would be credited into individual "energy savings accounts." Each taxpayer could decide how best to spend it to reduce carbon emissions, to benefit himself and the planet."

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Published on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 in The Los Angeles Times
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