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russell lester

Orchardist, Grange

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Idea: Global property tax to support environmental reform

The idea I am kicking around is to establish a global agency, perhaps a party to the world court which would assess a tax on each person globally say one one thousandth of there properties value (local market value) times the estimated shares of mean carbon production they are responsible for, which would i grant you be hard to quantify, maybe it could be based on a per capita national average.

The tax could be levied against nations wishing to or having ever used the world court, and could be once a decade or whatever time interval seems good, the revenues would be available for the world courts foundation managers to disperse to address credit challenged projects that are of great environmental value.


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Corperations constrained and taxed more here than anywhere else in the world. Which is why they put manufacturing in China. 25% or more of the pollution over Los Angeles comes from China. Problem is that the China is not under the purview of California law,

I have a rare book, it is called international Anarchy and it was written and published in the interval between the end of the first world war and the failure of the united states to ratify and empower the league of nations. The premise is that conflicts wars and struggles over the sea and air can be avoided if the nations agree to a code of law and mutually enforce it. This does not even require the individual nations to give up sovereignty, just the right to launch wars of aggression, and perhaps its time to include pollution of air water land and bio spheres to the list of mutually outlawed actions. Certainly I can see that you cannot fix problems by simply redistributing wealth, or at least not all problems, but what would the harm be in providing an incentive for developing nations to not pursue programs we know now are destructive to everyone? After all the wealth of the rich nations and the rich in those nations was made on the resources of other nations from time to time, plus it was the process of amassing that wealth or more accurately the process' which were used to do so which have caused such wide spread damage.

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    Nov 5 2012: Nothing could possibly go wrong with that idea...
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      Nov 6 2012: Sure it could tons and tons could. But rather than just trashing ideas or benig sarcastic I think it would be better to use this forum to try and improve ideas that are suggested ... but don't mind me.
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        Nov 6 2012: The state I live in has driven industries and jobs and productive people and wealth out of the state in droves by just the kind of thinking you are espousing. This year the state started cap and trade, a legacy left by Schwarzenegger, that will further drive business out of the state.

        This type of thinking stems from socialist equality we know best what to do with other people's money mentality. Which is a delusion.

        The first thing that a person who comes up with what we should all do is first find out what he is talking about which you have not. Knowledge on this subject is not acquired by dilettantes it requires hard work and genuine thinking and listening.

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