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The Efficiency of a Carbon Tax: Broadly
Accepted and Broadly Wrong

American Magazine, by Benjamin Zycher

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Posted By:eagleblurst, 1/31/2014 9:44:55 AM

Making an argument broadly accepted among economists, Sita Slavov, my colleague at the American Enterprise Institute, recently wrote that a carbon tax “set to reflect the spillover costs of carbon emissions” would be a policy more efficient than such interventions as light-bulb bans and energy consumption standards for appliances, sometimes called “command-and-control” policies. The tax would allow consumers to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases (GHG) attendant upon their energy consumption patterns in ways that minimize the costs of doing so. Bans and performance standards, on the other hand, allow for far less flexibility, and thus would achieve a given…

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 1/31/2014 10:31:36 AM     (No. 9713083)

Let´s all suffer about the details while missing the point.

The planet is cooling.

The next ice age has begun.

This truth cannot be spoken until the Left finds a way to use it to their political advantage.

Then it will become ´fashionable´.

....and fashion is what really matters.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: justavoter, 1/31/2014 10:56:24 AM     (No. 9713116)

Why can´t they just say they want to tax everybody. I don´t see how paying a tax could reduce CO2. So all of you CO2 particles out there, here comes a tax so you better get lost. Huh?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Iraengneer, 1/31/2014 11:15:37 AM     (No. 9713149)

the point of a carbon tax is, of course, to control behavior (meaning, control people) by making "unapproved" behavior more expensive. Lets those in power to extend their fingers into matters we once naively thought to be matters of personal preference. Now, of course, the Statist/socialists around really do believe that the personal is political, it´s one of their chants and slogans in fact.
By the way, this is part of my major difference with Krauthammer, et el. He was on TV some years back loudly opposing the CAFE fuel standards as wrong and intrusive. He was unhappy the various governments, at various levels, beginning under Bush, were not simply enacting something like these Carbon Taxes as a way of encouraging some choices and discouraging others. The concept that the whole matter is simply not the appropriate business of government at ANY level seemed to be outside of his understanding.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: udanja99, 1/31/2014 12:51:51 PM     (No. 9713277)

The volcano that erupted in Iceland a couple of years ago spewed enough carbon into the air in four days to undo all of the "good" done by eco-wackos with their toxic light bulbs, carbon credits, taxes and Priuses over the last 20 years. And volcanoes erupt all the time, all over the world. Humans are incapable of affecting Mother Nature.

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