Archive for the 'Ideas' Category

Jul 26 2007

when I posted this, it was late

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Listening to some lovely Beethoven… and wondering when this test post will appear on our xoops site…
*how do I set the feed refresh interval in xoops?
*is it possible to publish items from my blog that are not Public?
I reckon this could use a nice picture too!
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had these all to himself a few metres off the beach at Dee Why in the afternoon. Very inconsistent though…
I am posting this at around 10:33 PM

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Jul 26 2007

Just testin here

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nothing really, just want to see what hoppens when I post this at 930PM in Ideas category.

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Jun 24 2007

Start your bulldozers everybody!

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What would it be like if everyone had their own personal bulldozer that they could use anywhere they pleased in the national forests?

Well, I’m coming to think that generating CO2 is much like operating your own bulldozer where the environment is concerned. Unless we come to think of our emissions as our own, personal assault on the environment, it seems to me there is not much hope for averting the long term catastrophe now threatening our descendants.

I’d like to see a universal system of carbon accounts with an annually adjusted allowance. So, if the population of the planet increases, we all get a little less carbon to spend in the coming year.

I’d like to see the amount of carbon emitted set by an international panel of climate scientists and biologists. The way this figure gets priced and the trading systems can be the responsibility of politicians and their high priests, the economists. But the latter group should have no input into the setting of the annual limit.

I’d like to see annual payments from the carbon fund to governments, companies and individuals who sequester carbon. If you have a patch of forest, you get a credit for it every year in perpetuity. If you cut it down, or there’s a forest fire – bang goes the annuity.

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Jun 24 2007

Carbon credit/debit system included in taxation system

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The idea would be to include information about your CO2 along with your taxes.

If you produced more CO2 than was allowed for an individual, you’d be assessed a fairly hefty extra amount, eg $1 per kg.

If you produced less CO2 than your allowance, you would be able to take $1 per kg off what you owed the government.

Imagine if this was a part of every taxation system around the world?

One thing that would certainly be required would be a system for transferring carbon offset payments from one tax jurisdiction (eg Australia) with high average consumption rates, to those with lower average consumption rates (eg Chad). This system would have the twin benefits of bringing CO2 production under tighter control while also delivering unprecedented levels of foreign aid. I might have to pay an extra $1000 for the CO2 produced by my new 4WD, while a poor farm worker in rural Mexico might get $5000 for producing 20% of the CO2 I do.

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Jun 24 2007

Lifetime CO2 rating system

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What if all energy consuming devices had to come with an energy efficiency rating and a lifetime carbon emission rating?
And what if these ratings were part of a system of personal carbon accounts that was built into the national taxation system?
And what if these ratings were a mandatory inclusion on all packaging and advertising for energy consuming devices?

What I envision would be a mandatory label something like this:

Annual emissions – average use (2000 hours): 0.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide
Annual emissions – light use (1000 hours): 0.1 tonnes of carbon dioxide
Annual emissions – heavy use (3000 hours): 0.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide

Manufacture & transport embodied emissions: 0.08 tonnes

Each time you bought something, your personal annual carbon account would have the heavy use + embodied amount deducted.

Light users would be able to recover the excess each year when their total carbon allowance is calculated along with their ordinary taxes.

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