One of the main things which has made me, and I’m sure many other people nervous about accepting Anthropogenic Global Warming, is the consequences. It seems like this is an extremist environmentalist’s dream now because there is and will continue to be more and more pressure to dramatically transform society.
AGW advocates discuss how mankind has to change to a more local method of agriculture, and end suburban living as well as other drastic changes.
I’ve read the data on Global Warming and accepted that indeed it is happening. That debate still occurs a lot on the dope, but I’d like to hear about what the best answer to reducing greenhouse emissions will be. If we could reduce emissions by 90%, how would we do it, and how many degrees would we save in the long run. Will a longer period of still having some emissions kill us as surely as a shorter period of concentrated emissions?
My long term plan focuses on the fact that political realities will make it very hard for people to accept mass restructuring of society. In order to make new solutions to energy independence and alternative energy storage and production possible, I would support assessing an increasing tax on activities and commodities that lead to CO2 emissions.
Vehicles could be inspected for emissions quality like they already are in many states, and then taxes based on emissions. Companies could be also taxed on that basis. The idea would be to have a sufficient tax to push towards changes, with all revenues from the tax going into research and development of alternative technologies.
The tax could be based on estimated annual pound of CO2 or any other measurement and could be assessed incrementally starting at a low level and increasing after a certain number of years. But unfortunately that also is a proposal that would be very hard to bring up, however with a democratic president and congress, it may be possible.
However that might not lead to a quick enough reduction in emissions. What is your plan and how quickly do emissions need to be reduced to preserve quality of life.