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Sell your emission rights on an exchange and earn from them.
Professor Barbara Baarsma has been named Person of the Week by social media. This is because it has proposed giving every Dutch citizen a metered amount of CO2 emission rights. Those who need more should arrange for it and buy it from people who cannot finish their rations.
Get the monkeypox, what bad blood it has caused! It was shameful in this way to give the rich a license to further destroy the climate, while ordinary people get a mushroom in the form of a few extra pennies. If they are willing to sit in the cold with the whole household. Besides, it was all impracticable. The government also went into the living room to see how high we heated our stove. Even the Christian journalist Tijs van den Brink steamed from all openings when he measured the offending professor in Op1. It is surprising. After all, Baarsma’s proposal is not so poor compared to the alternatives.
Of course, you can’t do anything about CO2 emissions. It is a realistic outcome, especially now that attention is so focused on gas scarcity and the threat of war. The more expensive the energy, the less money people have left over to become more sustainable. On the contrary, they resort to coal and wood. In that case, we have to take the climate disaster into the bargain. If we want to prevent this disaster – for the xenophobic among you: then really strange people will come to us – action must be taken – even if it is on purpose.
The easiest way is to price all activities that lead to CO2 emissions. It will just be too expensive for everyone. In practice, then, it is only the rich who retain the privilege of warming the earth further. Hopefully they are and will remain so few that the impact of their irresponsible and anti-social behavior is limited. Of course it’s not fair.
An alternative – possibly in combination with pricing – is simply to ban climate-damaging activities: holiday travel by air, for example, and business traffic by air less than 1,000 kilometres. The thermometer above 18 degrees in companies. A total ban on air conditioning. Perhaps even on all private car and scooter traffic, unless it has a business or life-saving purpose.
What Barbara Baarsma proposes in this context is really a kind of distribution system. Everyone gets a certain number of points per year. They give the right to buy products and services that involve the use of fossil energy, at least leading to CO2 emissions. If you think, for example, you not only have to pay the petrol price, but also give points.
If you’ve run out of stock, you have to buy more from people who have points to spare, for example because they hardly have to travel. Then they can sell it. The easiest way to do this is on an exchange with daily rates. Then the law of supply and demand prevails. On the financial websites, you see the price fluctuating from second to second. In this way, low CO2 emissions are rewarded. The rich can still continue to destroy the climate, but now they have to pay for it, to the citizens who are more careful with the energy. What is wrong with that? You can say: environmental pollution is still a privilege! That is correct. There is only one solution to this. These emission rights cannot be transferred and exceeding your tax is punishable. Then you are taken away from home to perform forced labor as an unskilled worker with parts for wind turbines and solar parks. In this way, you contribute to an emission-free future by putting on an orange suit, because muscle power is harmless to the climate. Is it so nice?
PS. Don’t come here with the bullshit that the Netherlands shouldn’t try to be the best boy in the class in a world that doesn’t care about CO2 emissions. And that a national effort is therefore useless. That is not the point at all in this connection. The question is: How do you get people and companies to tackle their own CO2 emissions? And if introduction in a single state does not help, the Netherlands could at least lobby for it.
Moreover, I am of the opinion that the additional case should not disappear from the public’s attention, and neither should Groningen’s natural gas cases.
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