Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Carbon Tax

Bjorn Lomborg was the guy the Republicans in Congress used to counter Al Gore's presentation there. Bjorn thinks a carbon tax is a good thing, somewhere between 2 and 14 dollars per ton.

Cars emit about 200 grams of carbon per kilometer. A megagram is about a ton, so you'd emit about a ton every 5000 kilometers, which is about 3000 miles.

So the personal carbon tax for automobiles would be 2-14 dollars per 3000 miles.  Given 145,000 mile life expectancy for a car, that'd be $300-$2100 for the life of a car.  That last number sounds like a lot.  Lots more revenue, of course, would be generated from industry.

Works for me!

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