Carbon Pricing Decommissioning by Trialballoon
Jul 17, 2017
I see no need for decommisioning. The goal is to eliminate carbon based fuel mined or drilled from the earth, not artificially produced. A tax of $5 per ton per year, with no cap, will eliminate the use of coal, oil, and natural gas fairly quickly. All revenue is to be returned to users as a rebate, but eventually there will be no revenue as there will be no oil, coal, or natural gas used.
Jul 18, 2017
I am not sure I understand your proposal. My goal is to prevent further climate change by reducing all carbon dioxide emissions not fossil fuel use in general. If fossil fuels can be used without carbon emission it is fine by me. Carbon emission like cremation should also be taxed. Instead,sequestrate by burial. :) Also please clarify who you refer to by "users". Will these people be dependent on rebates?
Jul 19, 2017
I'm not sure what "carbon pricing infrastructure doomsday" means. Could you further clarify this point in the context of a carbon tax? One may recall that the EU carbon price fell to zero sometime around 2007, but this was a cap-and-trade scheme that aimed to achieve certainty in quantity over certainty in price. Australia has already scrapped its carbon tax a few years back, but that does mean that it can no longer explore other options.
I'm also not sure whether a life cycle model is appropriate for carbon pricing mechanisms. Do you mean to say that we should scrap carbon tax once emissions are decreasing then resurrect it again when emissions go up?
Jul 20, 2017
There are many carbon reduction plans using markets. I am not proposing any specific carbon tax plan. However any plan should be evaluated to determine if, like a cigarette tax, a necessary source of revenue is generated essentially supporting the continuance of emissions. This is only one hazard in designing a system without a full life-cycle approach. Besides, emissions are not the final determining factor. Climate change is. If emissions go up and climate temperatures go down then obviously the system needs to react.