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Paul Justus's Comments

April 19, 2011

Can We Get an Energy Plan, Please?

It's sad that we see such pettiness in Congress. What we need is a larger than life narrative. I suggest the Great Transition from Industrial Society to Green Earth-Sharing Society. The way to achieve this is to remove taxes on jobs and capital investment and to replace public revenue with a user fee on all natural resources and public commons.

This would entail fees on mineral extraction, pollution, and location value. Also, an Earth-Dividend would be given to everyone as their Earth-Share. Thus, those who use a lot of resource pay more and those who use fewer resources get a bonus.

July 25, 2008

Heat is Power. Let's Stop Throwing it Away!

This is an excellent article that shows how our incentive systems are completely backwards. We need to put things in order by adopting the Green Tax Shift -- i.e. Tax Waste, Not Work.
The Green Tax Shift provides a triple dividend by encouraging conservation and less pollution, by stimulation our economy by un-taxing labor and capital, and by reducing the need for government regulation by harnessing the power of an authentic free market to provide the incentives for energy efficiency.

Tax what we burn, not what we earn.

June 27, 2008

Forget Cap and Trade, A Carbon Tax Is Better

In the development of human civilization the harnessing of fire was a major step forward. So was the development of language and writing. Probably the next biggest step in the advancement of civilization will be the "Green Tax Shift".

Most honest economists thoroughly endorse the idea of removing taxes from labor and business activities and replacing the revenue with user fees on the extraction, waste disposal, and monopoly of our common natural resources. These are resources that no human being has lifted a finger to create. (The work of digging up these resources is another matter. This is work and should not be taxed).

The enactment of a carbon user fee where the funds would gradually replace payroll taxes (that are paid by both business owners and workers) would both stimulate the economy AND move us toward the development and production all types of clean and renewable energy technologies.

Please visit the Carbon Tax Center website and spend some time there. We need to put a stop to the Cap and Charade business as soon as possible.

Please consider telling two friends about the Green Tax Shift and have them do the same.

June 28, 2008

Forget Cap and Trade, A Carbon Tax Is Better

As a person who has one of my degrees in economics I fully support authentic free markets. Government works best as a referee and should not pick winners and losers in economic activities -- nor in energy development. (Government investment in basic research can be justified). Problems arise when special interests unduly influence our government referees.

Most economists support the Green Tax Shift. In fact two Nobel Laureates in economics along with 2,500 economists have signed a statement in support of the Great Green Tax Shift. See: http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/green.html

Climate Change is just one of the reasons for a fee on carbon. Personally I feel the impact of peak oil should be a much greater concern -- and the Green Tax Shift would help solve both. But for those who still question human induced climate change see: http://royalsociety.org/page.asp?id=6229

Some suggest that the Green Tax Shift will never fly politically. However, if you remove taxes on worker incomes, remove taxes from business owners, and charge the cost of environmental damage then you should wind the support of workers, business owners, and environmentalists. If you rebate an equal citizen's dividend to everyone then there should be plenty of support for the Green Tax Shift.

Properly understood, the Green Tax Shift will be supported by conservatives, liberals, Geolibertarian, and greens. You might want to view the Earth as one big store and when people take something from it such as clean air, all we are asking is that they pay for it. (See Earth Inc at http://www.earthinc.org/)

One more point, the Congressional Budget Office in their February 2008 report states that the net benefits of a Carbon Tax could be roughly five times greater than an inflexible cap and trade system.

Regards,
Paul Justus
Tax Waste, Not Work
Tax Pollution, Not Production

June 20, 2008

The Long Goodbye to Cheap Oil

We need higher gas prices to encourage ongoing investment in clean, renewable and resource conserving technologies. As long as there is a boom-bust cycle renewable energy companies will be hesitant to invest. A sliding-scale tax that would maintain higher prices is a good idea.

However, since the American public wants cheap gas they will be reluctant to support taxes (or user fees) on fossil fuels. The only way to overcome this reluctance would be to guarantee an "earth inheritance" citizen's dividend that could go into their social security accounts (retirement, health savings, food, shelter, and energy transition) -- as we remove the payroll tax and, eventually, taxes on all forms of human production. In other words, Tax Waste, Not Work.

Some ecological economists characterize this public policy as the "Green Tax Shift". If everyone reading this would explain the Green Tax Shift to just two people and have them explain it to two more people and so on...then we would be able to generate the political will to implement the Green Tax Shift much sooner rather than before it's too late.

June 27, 2008

The Long Goodbye to Cheap Oil

In the development of human civilization the harnessing of fire was a major step forward. So was the development of language and writing. Probably the next biggest step in the advancement of civilization will be the "Green Tax Shift".

Most honest economists thoroughly endorse the idea of removing taxes from labor and business activities and replacing the revenue with user fees on the extraction, waste disposal, and monopoly of our common natural resources. These are resources that no human being has lifted a finger to create. (The work of digging up these resources is another matter. This is work and should not be taxed).

The enactment of a carbon user fee where the funds would gradually replace payroll taxes (that are paid by both business owners and workers) would both stimulate the economy AND move us toward the development and production all types of clean and renewable energy technologies.

Please visit the Carbon Tax Center website and spend some time there. We need to put a stop to the Cap and Charade business as soon as possible.

Please consider telling two friends about the Green Tax Shift and have them do the same.

August 23, 2007

HYPER Places Int'l Focus on Hydrogen Research

Besides developing alternative fuels we should be developing more efficient transportation.  If you want to see something different please check out:http://www.skytran.net/  How does 200 mpg energy equivalent sound? www.geoark.net   

August 15, 2007

What Solar Power Needs Now

What we need more than anything are the proper financial/investment incentives for everyone involved.  We need local, state, federal, and international government policies that remove taxes from production (both labor and capital) and replace these revenues by charging user fees on the extraction, pollution and monopolization of our Earth's natural resources.  In simple terms we need to tax waste, not work. 

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