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One of my campaign slogans is “We are not going to buy our way out of climate change.” Part of that is about consumerism, but another part of that is the idea of carbon taxes. We’ve seen these protests in France and Europe with the burdensome energy taxes. We’re having a hard time getting carbon taxes here. I just will not buy into the idea that we can do everything with a carbon tax. Conservation must be part of the picture.


If 40% of people turned their heater off while they are sleeping, we would move the needle on climate change, overnight. That is real climate change action. Protesting that the government does something about it is not enough. It's not "ask what your country can do for you." If you want the government to do something about it, it means voting in higher taxes. If we did get a carbon tax and you simply became more productive to earn more money to pay your higher gas and heating bill, then we haven't made a savings. We need taxes and conservation. We need a national leader with this message. I am not hearing any national attention given to climate change conservation.

I'm trying to fill those shoes, but I cannot do it alone. Support this campaign. Turn your heater off at night. Work at home if you can. Drive less. Ride a bike. Live local. Vote for a carbon tax. Tell a friend about my website. Sacrifices have to be made to get anything done. It's a property of 4 dimensional reality. In order to stop doing one thing, you have to do something else. If you are going to stop drinking, do something besides drinking and thinking about drinking.


I don't like it when politician's campaign on everything. Promising everything is not practical and that is the main problem I have with The Green New Deal. We should be focused primarily on climate change. There is increasing wealth dispairity, but overall, we are a wealthy nation.

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The Wikipedia page on The American Dream talks about 77% of Russians being "cooped up" in apartment buildings. I think our suburbs are our greatest asset. It's the unnecessary commuting that is the problem.


Obviously putting a tariff on China doesn't make sense. Putting a tariff on a product makes sense. Tariffs should not be thought of as a punishment. The idea is simply to make American manufacturing competitive. Whether an Asian factory for the world makes the most sense is another topic.


Working from home en mass is the only way we can make a big dent in carbon emissions in the short run. Too much stuff has to be built to have wind/solar make a dent in the short run. Building stuff takes energy. Fusion working out is a big unknown. It might happen. Betting the farm on it is risky. Building up solar/wind makes sense, but it won't help emissions in the short run. In fact, it will make the problem worse in the short run.


Environmentally speaking, we've been prescribed rapid weight loss. I'm proposing the 500 calorie a day diet.


By increasing energy costs and expanding environmental regulations on industry, we increase the costs of American goods which makes it harder for them to compete globally. We outsource our pollution. I am proposing taxing residential activity instead of commercial activity. That would effectively tax domestic and foreign goods equally. My 10% energy tax is calculated to increase solar power to 13% in 40 years. That is way below 50-100% in 30 years. Can we even pass a 10% energy tax?

And remember, if you save money by driving less, but then use the savings to buy plane tickets, you haven't made a carbon savings. Should we make a carbon savings? I say yes to that question. We should do this. We can do this. Will we do it? It certainly will take some will power. I think that at least 50% of people want to do something. Those 50% should be highly organized, working together.

The myth that you don't get power when the wind doesn't blow needs to be put to rest. You don't get power from coal when you don't put coal in the furnace. Dig? Of course there will have to be some redundancy with fossil fuel plants.