posted on Nov, 3 2008 @ 08:13 AM
Originally posted by jibeho
If people really cared about the carbon footprint concept, then tax the snot out of gas and invest in viable alternatives such as high speed reliable
train service in the major population centers.
I'm all for viable alternatives to gasoline. And that would be OK, if wasteful people were the only ones who use gasoline, But everyone uses
gasoline, And when someone is ALREADY doing their best to use as little fuel as possible and to be conscious about their energy practices, a higher
tax on gas punishes them as well as the person who is wasting it like crazy.
As someone mentioned, "price signals" are already being used. In the case of cigarettes, Only smokers smoke. And if they want to continue, they're
free to do so, and "taxing the snot out of" cigarettes works, because only smokers use them. But fuel, electricity and natural gas are different.
Everyone uses them.
Make no mistake. I'm not talking about making it easier for "poor people". We can afford to live pretty good and "high on the hog", but when it
comes to the environment, we don't. Because it's the right thing to do.
I believe some states already have price signals for electricity. A guy we know in California, who could afford to use a lot of electricity, found
himself in a higher bracket and paying a lot for it. So he took that money of his and invested in solar to cut his electricity bill down to the next
bracket. Now he's not paying so much, not using so much from the power company, AND he is using renewable resources.
Edit: Hey, OMS, sounds like we know the same guy!
[edit on 3-11-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]