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Voting Green with your wallet

by Lazarus on Thursday, February 7, 2013 9:36 AM


I offer a proposal that offers an opportunity for those who support Green Energy to vote with their wallet, to put their money where their mouth is and show that they really support Green Energy.



To do this, governments would drop all Green Energy subsidies. Consumers would see on their electric bill two schedules of payment. One for Conventional and one for Green Energy at the unsubsidized rate. This would allow the supporters of Green Energy to show their support, without forcing by government mandate, others to be coerced into supporting and paying for something they don't want.

 

Transportation costs could be dealt with the same way. Unsubsidized Green Energy could be offered at filling stations, whether it be Green Electricity for those who would be using their Green electric cars, or those who are using hybrids and filling the gas tank with unsubsidized Ethanol. Motorists who choose to use conventional fuel would pay the conventional market price for their fill ups. Those who choose mass transit, whether buses, street cars, trains, or airplanes, could choose to use Green powered transit or Conventional and, of course, pay the unsubsidized rate for whichever form of transport they choose, if said choice is available. The same could go for home heating as well if the home was not heating by electric heat.

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