Aliens won’t pay carbon tax
Having been born with limited intelligence, I find it impossible to figure out: how “carbon tax” will make improvements in our environment. Would it not be smarter to legislate: 1. all new building must have solar panels, 2. build better insulated buildings, 3. turn to the engineering brains we have in our society to come up with a regime of maximizing temperature retention in our buildings, 4. turn to electrical equipment manufacturers to maximize the useful energy use by their equipment, 5. stop producing energy guzzler, useless doohickeys.
However, I can see the carbon tax as a renewable cash cow for future governments. They will not have to give a blue print for use of energy, just punish the users, without having to explain how to stop what they are not doing right! What an idea! We are guilty, but no one will tell us, how to correct our misdeeds...What if we legislate that only those may fly who have an emergency? – No, this will not work, as the travel industry will stop funding politicians’ campaigns. What if we legislate how many hours of energy can the population use? No, that will not work either, the energy industry will stop funding politicians’ campaigns and the population may rise up!
I think, I have it. Legislate volcanoes to stop spewing pollutants, as one little explosion throws more pollutants in the atmosphere than all the cars.
Nothing is given or finite in our existence. We worry about air pollution and none of us are building up a defence against a comet coming from space, or is serious about studying the existence of other life out side of earth. If they are anything like us, they will eliminate us. Who will pay the carbon tax then?