So it begins. California is now on its way to carbon trading. The first wave is to hit in November for Industries here in California. Only 10 percent of the credits will be auctioned in the first year and by 2020 50 percent will be auctioned.
I have never been an advocate of the carbon credit/carbon trading. Touted as a simple Pigovian Tax (like any Pigovian tax is simple) It’s aim is to reduce carbon emissions. The idea is to put a limit on carbon and then have the market trade these credits around.
While I would agree that the reduction of carbon is a goal that must be pursued. We need to do better on a Global National and Individual level. I will not get into arguments about global warming and its causes. Nor will I comment on Kyoto or Copenhagen. I will simply point out that pollution is pollution and we need to mitigate this problem to the best of our abilities.
The truth is this is simply an energy tax. There is no plan to use the monies collected to research and development of carbon reduction.  The money will simply go into the hands of traders and in to the coffers of a government. As it is not taking care of externalities it cannot be considered a Pigovian Tax.
I do not like a hidden tax that everyone pays for a few understand. Put it up front for us to examine in society. Call it a tax and provide a clear path of who is paying and how much. Document where this tax money will flow, which should be for and only for carbon reduction. Plant some trees, install some carbon banks, nurture a plankton bloom, install solar water heaters with the tax money.
Call it what it is, labeling a tax as a credit is insulting.

Views: 86

Comment

You need to be a member of Home Energy Pros to add comments!

Join Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.  Home Energy Pros is sponsored by the Better Buildings Residential Network.

Latest Activity

Bud Poll posted a discussion

How do we pay for the grid?

Ok, so some electric utilities are charging some form of up front and/or monthly added charge for…See More
1 hour ago
Colin Genge's video was featured

Passive House Testing Webinar (Feb 13, 2014)

We covered: - Measuring air leakage in a tight house; - New passive house testing equipment; - Powered flow hoods for accurate measurement of HRV ERV flow ra...
4 hours ago
Colin Genge posted events
11 hours ago
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Duct Testing - is a change in order? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Yes,  I was connected to the AH cabinet.  I find it easier in this area, given the common…"
13 hours ago
Colin Genge replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Blower Door Applications Guide in the group Multifamily Buildings
"This is a great guide that anyone testing with multiple fans should get hold  of. "
14 hours ago
Colin Genge added a discussion to the group Multifamily Buildings
Thumbnail

Just posted a lot of Multi-Family oriented blower door videos.

Just posted a lot of Multi-Family oriented blower door videos. Everything to do with Multi-Fan…See More
14 hours ago
Colin Genge joined Norm Bourassa's group
Thumbnail

Multifamily Buildings

For too long there has been relatively little EE focus on multifamily, but some new programs have…See More
14 hours ago
Colin Genge replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Duct Testing - is a change in order? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"I would assume you tested that high air leakage from the equipment cabinet and not on a flex…"
14 hours ago

© 2015   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service