Good Grief. Folks who talk about how cheap this transition is going to be are either morons or duplicitous. If some silly-ass blogger** can figure out the number, the politicians and their consultants know what it is. Here's our post from Monday on San Francisco's 4.2 cent/tonne tax:
This is worse than useless. A review of the literature shows that a price of $100 to $200 per ton is required to change behavior. This is just a targeted fund raiser, gussied up in green. As such it could have the effect of reinforcing cynicism toward politician's venality.Here's the story stub from Point Carbon:
(disclosure: I am not a cynic, I am jaded*)
California already has such ambitious renewable energy targets that it would take a carbon dioxide price of $150 per tonne to encourage investments that cut emissions beyond what existing policies require, according to consulting firm Energy and Environmental Economics.
**I do have one advantage, I've been following this stuff since 1992 and have read something on the order of 100,000 pages of science, econ, tech and dreck.