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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 5:18 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

I agree that the WTO/GATT needs to be updated to allow more flexibility on this issue, which I think will be a defining test for them: if they can't be useful in dealing with the carbon problem then they need to be changed.

Though I
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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 5:14 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

Clearly there is something of a difference and I am hoping (among other things) that I can persuade you to make an attempt at a simple disambiguation ? I'll probably have to start calling it a BTA because three words is too long.

I also
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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:18 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

Without reading every word, it seems the articles note constraints on these measures, but both seem to indicate that a carbon tariff/border tax adjustment can probably be designed to fit within GATT rules.

No, they don't. That's the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 1:47 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

You have proven your objections to anything that smacks of international agreement, international cooperation and meaningful action in general being taken.

I'm not objecting to these things - I'm merely pointing out that [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 11:11 AM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

Supporters of a carbon tariff include the Australian Council of Trade Unions, quite a few US politicians, French President Francois Hollande, and economist Paul Krugman.

Again, the fact that there are individual people that support [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Retire Early Liberal Edition board. 7:04 PM

Re: Lawyers Discarding Libraries

Sign of the time. A law firm downsizing it's law library from 10,000 linear feet to 700 linear feet.

A sign of being behind the times. We downsized our law library five years ago, and we were among the later ones in the Miami [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 6:55 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

I'm not aware of any country that has ever really seriously considered implementing them.

Try looking. You could start with the link above.


Okay - I did. That's an article from a newspaper. It's not a position being staked [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 6:50 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

Nonsense. Not only nonsense but clear evidence that you have made no effort to check your own claim. I simply picked the low hanging fruit (which included quotations from current politicians). You want more?

A move by the European Union
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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 6:46 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

Who knows? I think that breaking it down by factory would be too fine grained to be practical, but this is an increasingly high-tech world so anything's possible. I imagine an initial implementation would be a tariff on products with high [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 4:50 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

Amount of heat-trapping pollution dumped into the global atmosphere during manufacture is certainly a characteristic of a product.

Is that how it would be implemented? Would the tariff look at the actual carbon emitted during the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 4:05 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

You are, as a sovereign state, entitled to protect your own environment.

Indeed. You have jurisdiction over what happens in your country. However, as a sovereign state, you don't have jurisdiction in what happens in [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 3:43 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

That is NOT the complete situation. It neglects the further requirement for, whatever you want to call it... "reparations" perhaps, based on having benefited from creating the situation that makes additional CO2 unavailable for the [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 3:41 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

You are imposing a tax on the "emitted CO2 content" of every product. It is uniform, and it DOES do what I want.

But then it's not uniform. Two identical products would be treated differently. A coil of steel wire (to take [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 3:37 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

This is a collective in which a couple of members have immensely benefited from their use of the commons and now are proposing that they have no obligation to share those benefits, but that instead, their massive advantage over everyone else gets [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 3:32 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

Yes, true. But carrying on the status quo in a Mexican standoff is not a path forward.

Indeed. One might think that the obvious solution is a mutual agreement - China and the U.S. agree bilaterally to reduce emissions. However, [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:48 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

I'm sure he meant uniform as in uniform taxation of carbon and embedded carbon content of imports.

No doubt. But then they're not uniform - they vary depending on the characteristics of the national economy they come from, not [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:44 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

More important is the issue BJ and I have raised regarding the simple fact that so long as the largest historical polluter and the wealthiest country on Earth is not cleaning up its mess we cannot expect others to do so.

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:32 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

The WTC has no problem with taxes that are imposed UNIFORMLY on all goods from whatever source.

But a uniform tax doesn't do what you want. If you impose a uniform 2% tariff on imported cars, then cars from carbon-light Europe pay [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:30 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

You think their intransigence is some sort of problem with them? It is human nature. Your position is that NOTHING WE DO MATTERS... and that is dead wrong. It matters. Fairness ALWAYS matters in human negotiations.

Not always. [more]

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albaby1 replied to the Climate Change board. 2:04 PM

Re: Natural Gas isn't helping

I disagree. Europe's reduced emissions have bent the curve as compared to them going a business-as-usual fossil-fuel heavy development path. There is less CO2 accumulated in the atmosphere because of their action. It's not like China would be [more]

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