Tax on pollution?

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    Jun 09, 2009 3:46 PM GMT
    Should there be a tax on pollution and products that contribute to global climate change or adversely affect the environment?
    Such as a $1 tax per plastic bag, since people could use recycled paper, bamboo bags, or clothes bags
    100% tax on incandescent light bulbs
    Annual tax of cars which are not high energy efficient vehicles
    Monthly charge for not recycling
    Then give tax breaks on
    For fluorescent light blubs or LED lights
    .25 cents off for each cloth bag used for shopping
    Tax credit annually for driving a energy efficient vehicle or taking public transit
    Tax credit for recycling

    What are your thoughts and what would you add to the list to either tax or give a tax break too?
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    Jun 09, 2009 4:23 PM GMT
    This is something I am working on right now actually.

    Ireland introduced a 15 cents bag tax on plastic and paper bags (paper bags produce a lot more pollution than plastic bags) and in nine months consumption dropped 95%. People are using cloth bags. So effective is this program that other countries, including China, are working on this. Various cities in California are dabbling in plastic bag bans, which so far seem much less effective.

    LED lights are very interesting. Just a year ago they were not very cost effective for cities to use them in anything but traffic lights. Now, you would have to be stupid not to use them, as some models use 85% less energy and last longer. They use so little energy that Chicago outfitted theirs with a battery pack that can run them for 24 hours during power outages. There is a ton of money in the stimulus package that will most likely go towards this in many cities. The grant deadline is the end of this month, so you will start hearing about it in your local paper soon after if your city is doing anything on this.
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    Jun 09, 2009 6:21 PM GMT
    One of the largestt Canadian supermarket chains is charging 5 cents per plastic bag. So far it doesn't seem to be changing consumption too much, but it's a start!

    Denmark has a 150% tax on ALL cars, to get people to think twice about buying one the first place and at the same time making their AWESOME public transportation system look all the more appealing. If we did that, we could put the money towards improving public transportation and making it more affordable.

    I think financial incentives (or penalties) are a good way to get people to change their consumption habits and improve the environment.
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    Jun 09, 2009 6:47 PM GMT
    I think there should be a tax on Republicans, for having caused most of our present problems in the US economically, domestically & internationally, and for continuing to resist the changes we have to make to fix them. icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 09, 2009 8:21 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidI think there should be a tax on Republicans, for having caused most of our present problems in the US economically, domestically & internationally, and for continuing to resist the changes we have to make to fix them. icon_razz.gif


    The climate change isnt just one party or even American...it is globally. THough I still think a stupid tax would work for the GOP.
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    Jun 09, 2009 8:42 PM GMT
    sfinboston saidShould there be a tax on pollution and products that contribute to global climate change or adversely affect the environment?
    Such as a $1 tax per plastic bag, since people could use recycled paper, bamboo bags, or clothes bags
    100% tax on incandescent light bulbs
    Annual tax of cars which are not high energy efficient vehicles
    Monthly charge for not recycling
    Then give tax breaks on
    For fluorescent light blubs or LED lights
    .25 cents off for each cloth bag used for shopping
    Tax credit annually for driving a energy efficient vehicle or taking public transit
    Tax credit for recycling

    What are your thoughts and what would you add to the list to either tax or give a tax break too?


    There should be a huge tax on "Weed and Feed" lawn products.

    Although I prefer they be simply made illegal.