“If you don't think we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil...well it doesn't matter what you think, because we WILL be forced reduce our dependence on it when the costs skyrocket. A gallon of oil still costs less than a gallon of spring water or Coke or virtually any other liquid. The dollar is crashing and the oil supplies are running out. We have a very small window of time to make the corrections needed for sustainable energy in this country. A carbon tax is necessary to ween Americans off the Saudi nipple and should be used to directly fund alternative fuel development and food security. If we had several billion fruit bearing trees in this country, at least there would be some level of food security. So no..you don't eat trees. You eat the fruit on them. Do I really have to spell that out for you?”
“It's interesting that you equate a carbon tax with putting all manufacturers out of business. The catalytic converter did not put all US automobile manufacturers out of business (big oil's influence did), but in fact helps to greatly reduce toxic emissions while stimulating a new industry (the emissions control industry). The extra $1200 or so for the catalytic converter is in essence a carbon tax. Do you want a new coal fired power plant opening up in your neighborhood without the best possible emissions control? Does it really offend you if that same power plant commissioned the planting of say 1 million trees to offset their carbon emissions which would create jobs and help clean the air their power plant is polluting? Really?
It's also interesting that you choose to complain about an idea with sarcastic comments that do not have any factual basis instead of offering your own, that's such an intellectually lazy position. If every American turned their lawn into a garden and provided food security to their family while also reducing their food bill, things would be a lot less scary. At the end of the day, food security is of paramount importance. At least in the 1930's during the Great Depression it was not a shameful thing for Americans to maintain their gardens, regularly pickle and can their home grown vegetables in their basements. That generation understood far better a few fundamentals about food security.”
“Wouldn't it be great to solve a multitude of problems with one solution? How about this: "Thirty Billion Trees". Create a national program with the initial goal of planting 100 trees for each man woman and child in the USA funded directly by a carbon tax. Planting trees is arguably one of the most virtuous things we can do right now. Trees reduce carbon, absorb heat, create refuge for birds and other wildlife, produce fruits, nuts, and other edible foods to eat, creates jobs to plant and maintain, adds value to property, helps to prevent soil erosion, beautifies cities and neighborhoods, restores parks, helps mitigate flooding, creates shade, combats global climate change, creates valuable natural resources, among many other things. Put America to work with this bold and beautiful idea!”
redonthehead on Sep 21, 2010 at 16:19:08
“Great idea, let's put all manufactures out of business with the carbon tax, let's raise the price of everything that's transported which includes pretty much everything so that while we're all unemployed we can't afford anything. At least we'll be able to sit in the shade while discussing your brilliant idea.”