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Joshua Quinn

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A new method of waste removal, on a global scale. It shall be known as a Pollution Solution.

My idea, which seems more possible now that space travel has been privatized, is to gather all of our waste no matter what it is and put the waste into space capsules that are launched into the nearest incinerator, i.e, the sun.

I am not exactly sure of any possible negative outcomes that could come from this, mainly from the sun's perspective. I could see on our end though, that people will say this will cost a lot of money, which it most likely will but with less waste on our planet, we could have more land to occupy, which can in turn lead to better technologies as time goes on, which in turn could bring down the costs of launching garbage into the sun, due to advanced launching methods.


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    Oct 22 2012: If people are concerned about money being an issue, there could be a new tax, The Social Change Tax of ____. This tax will mostly target the wealthy, mainly for human moral issues. They could pay this annual tax for as many years as it takes to accomplish this project. As time goes on the percentage rate would gradually decrease and while that is happening, they could become more accustomed to living with less of an income. For these wealthy individuals, the tax, in its beginning years could be 50% of their total annual income. For the lower income margins, they could pay 10%-1% of their annual incomes.
    As this is all going on, the entire planet would hopefully be collectively adopting greener ways to live while using sustainable resources and renewable energy.

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