Guest opinion: Cut carbon through innovation, not regulation

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  • batfink Australia, 00
    Jan. 1, 2019 3:01 p.m.

    The left loves taxation, not innovation- Democrats are not going to look for ways to improve efficiencies as taxation is their cure for everything.

    No matter what leftist media says about climate change, sea level rise of around 9cm over the last 30 years cannot cause tide increases of 70cm today. Yet climate change is what is being reported as causing high tides that are 70cm higher than they were 30 years ago, on little Pacific islands.
    That makes no sense and science can't show how a 9cm rise in sea level causes a 70cm rise in waves at high tide.
    Never any reporting of increased geological activity though, even though we are living in the most geologically active period in recorded history... because, you can tax people on climate change by convincing them they can make a difference but not tax them on earthquakes.

    No, the left's media has determined that taxation is the answer.

  • Jayson Meline Chubbuck, ID
    Dec. 31, 2018 9:14 a.m.

    The carbon tax is highly regressive for wage earners. The US has never invested in reliable, on-demand public transportation which has placed dependence upon the individually owned vehicle. We are poorly equipped to implement a carbon tax. This is particularly true in the vast rural areas of the country.

    Remember: Corporations and businesses are not tax payers, they are tax collectors. A carbon tax, or any tax imposed is simply a cost passed on to the customer.

    Unless we lower health and education/job re-training costs, sales tax and payroll tax on the average worker to absorb a carbon tax, you are not going to see much support.

    No debate regarding the science and ocular evidence regarding human caused climate change; or the need for quality air and water as well as mitigation of drought. However, let's don't use the very real challenge of climate as a rue to grow government and crowd out the economic viability of the average worker in a time of disruption and vocational re-tooling.

    Disruptive technology and innovation is spurring change without manipulative policy that will benefit the wealthy and further hasten the demise of the middle and lower income households.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Dec. 30, 2018 11:35 a.m.

    A carbon tax is a free market solution and makes sense. Those who pollute more, pay more. It puts a cost to the damage to our air and gives companies incentives to invest in greener technology.

    The idea that we can stop pollution without any changes in our behavior is ludicrous.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Dec. 29, 2018 12:23 p.m.

    I agree that a carbon tax doesn't have political support, so renewable energy standards (e.g., goals to have 50% renewable energy by 2030) are more promising. Utah has a voluntary standard whereas other states have hard mandates that have created clean energy jobs and development.

    Given the writer's desire to keep costs down, nuclear power is NOT the answer. It enjoys significant upfront federal subsidies before a single kwh of electricity is produced, and two Georgia nuclear plants that were initiated with Bush/Obama stimulus are behind schedule and over-budget, with doubts that they'll ever be finished. Who pays? The taxpayers/ratepayers (who are the same people). Nuclear's time has past.

    Renewable energy, by contrast, is scheduled to have its subsidies sunset in the next few years, and the costs have fallen so rapidly that wind and solar are often the cheapest, long-term options for most utilities.

    What's nice about wind and sun is that they aren't tied to political instabilities that impact oil and gas prices -- that wind power from Spanish Fork has been price stable for 10 years, whereas we've seen gasoline bounce from $2 to $4 a gallon during that same decade.

  • Strachan Bountiful, UT
    Dec. 29, 2018 7:44 a.m.

    A carbon tax would spur innovation.

  • Spangs Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 28, 2018 12:57 p.m.

    Sen. Barrasso is right, of course. Most everywhere, taxes/levies upon carbon-based energy are failing to gain a foothold. As is, they do not seem to be the answer -- not because it is a bad idea to tax carbon, on the contrary! It would certainly be the fastest and most effective way to get us to carbon-neutral status. But reality being what it is, policymakers should look hard (and fast!) for other ways to speed up adaptation of clean energy not only here, but around the world.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Dec. 28, 2018 11:54 a.m.

    Ever wonder why snow stays on the top of mountains an is so much colder up there than in the valley. Your closet to the sun up high an the mountains. Co2 is heavier than air an sinks . The sunshine heat's up Co2 thus valleys will get hotter .plants an food grows, oxygen is made snow melt, evaporate, clouds can form a 1,000 ft from sea level. Salt Lake is 4,000. Truth has to be coherent to reality.

  • Flipphone Sandy, UT
    Dec. 28, 2018 9:31 a.m.

    Inversion which trap pollutants in valleys are caused by high pressure systems. Notice today the sky is clear and blue, why? because of a low pressure system that came thru yesterday, in the next to days a high pressure system will rebuild and a inversion will reappear.