February 28, 2006
Links of the Day: Gas Tax Edition
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"Every erg that Energize America saves will go to creating jobs in China - because demand reduction isn't, by itself, a viable road to energy sustainability." ...
If your answer is something like, of course, I want to promote alternative energy sources, then I respond it is a question of scale. Compared to the economic/political impact of an interesting gas tax how large is the alt-energy project?
Just my first bookmarked Newberry post on energy. Umm, one must locate energy policy in the entire web of macroeconomic and globalization considerations. If we used no oil at all in America, we would still be oil-dependent via cheap Chinese manufacturing, shipping , debt servicing etc. The analysis of the gas tax I have seen from y'all look like an analysis of labor and wage issues while ignoring global competition.
I hate to see you & MY at such loggerheads. Do you guys talk? MY, I think, is just looking to find a politically possible revenue stream. That is critically and immediately important for moderates and non-radicals like y'all. Whether the preservation of a few strands of the safety-net is completely negated by the regressivity of any plausible gas tax is for y'all to decide.
In sum & general, I prefer Newberry's radical ideas. The way to avoid the Washington corruption of policy is to propose policy Washington doesn't understand and can't co-opt, get grass-roots support and take over the place. Like most other previousreform movements have done.
Posted by: bob mcmanus | Feb 28, 2006 6:58:52 PM
If we used no oil at all in America, we would still be oil-dependent via cheap Chinese manufacturing, shipping , debt servicing etc.
Posted by: Megan | Nov 24, 2006 1:54:34 AM
Posted by: judy | Oct 1, 2007 4:27:03 AM
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