I think it is great idea. There seems to be a crazy idea that reducing how much energy some companies use is a bad idea. Americans are incredibly wasteful compared to the rest of the world.
Our economy sucks and the European economy is doing great. Ever think it might be because there companies are more efficienct and have more profit for that reason.
What about people with excessive flatulence? or obese people since they tend to breathe heavier all the time? the groceries you buy have to be shipped somehow, are you penalized for buying non-local produce?Do people who participate in physical activities get penalized for their additional CO2 production as well?
My thoughts exactly.My wife works as a teacher less than 10 minutes from our house. Her carbon-footprint is VERY small. I run my own business and fly all over the place to my clients. I would be screwed. Anyone with a business that forces them to travel would get whacked by this. At first glance I'm not for it.
Just like "carbon caps", it's possibly a good idea in theory, but bad in practice. Are you going to make all people/business have the same carbon ration? Some people's jobs/businesses would then become prohibitively expensive, and the jobs would move overseas where carbon isn't regulated. Are you going to set different carbon rations based on where you work/live/etc.? That will be incredibly sensitive to political manipulation. It will also create a huge black market in "carbon access". You'll be buying 5 gallon cans of gas from the guy who used to push crack & meth.
It says in the article that: "critics say the idea is costly, bureaucratic, intrusive and unworkable."
That's what most people on Lotus Talk will think.
Personally, I haven't the faintest idea.
Did hell just freeze over?I am in complete agreement with everything witten in this post.
Right on!Umm. No. The idea that there is a "European economy" is false. Some country's in the EU are doing well others are struggling to keep from droping into the 3rd world. That is like commenting on an "American" economy lumping the USA, Canada, in with Mexico. Most of the EU still dreams of matching our GNP and standards of living. But US bashing is vogue now so ,,,continue.