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How Whac-A-Gas Ruins Everything and Why Only Carbon Pricing Can Fix It

How Whac-A-Gas Ruins Everything and Why Only Carbon Pricing Can Fix It

Is it really that easy? No. The difficulty is the politics, which can have this effect: Carbon Pricing systems are now going live around the world (I count at least 14 at the moment) but they’re not always smartly done: sometimes big emitters successfully lobby for exemptions, sometimes governments don’t include dividends, or they may regulate downstream emitters instead of the Big 5. The only fix for that is for concerned citizens to push for unstupid policies. Important stuff is often hard but you press on anyway. What if the Big 5 can’t pass the extra costs on to their customers? Will the system still work? Sometimes businesses won’t be able to pass on the extra cost, as it should be. A business can’t pass on costs when it’ll lose customers by doing so, and that only happens when customers either have a cheaper alternative or the product isn’t important enough to them t...

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