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What is the best policy solution to global warming?

In order to address the threat from global warming we need significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions. A lot of people think we need to put a price on carbon emissions to accomplish this. Many also believe this will spur innovation and create 'green jobs'. Fossil fuel technologies are already well developed, but renewable and alternative fuel technologies can continue to develop and become more advanced for a long time. Taking everything into consideration - the climate, environment in general, economy, jobs, etc. - what do you think the best policy solution is for addressing global warming? Does it involve a carbon tax? A cap and trade system? Something else entirely?

Asked By: Dana1981 - 3/27/2010
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I'm not sure yet... More
Answered By: MTRstudent - 3/27/2010
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i don't think there is a single "best" solution... More
Answered By: linlyons - 3/27/2010
 
Outlaw the internal combustion engine. (I'm serious) Start with small engines like lawnmowers. They should now be electric only.
Answered By: Paul - 3/27/2010
 
We don't need all that... We should make bio--diesel out of prisoners and the deceased. School children should be required to walk on power generating treadmills for at least 1 hour a day. We should send illegals back to their low carbon footprint homeland. We can cut emissions from China by manufacturing stuff in the... More
Answered By: slickwilber - 3/27/2010
 
The best Policy Decision is to ignore global warming completely - it isn't a real world problem. Check out the US Senate Report... More
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Answered By: All Black - 3/27/2010
 
there isn't a best way but when i watched this show it said that airplanes create artificial clouds making it warmer. if we were to take less flights or have eco friendly planes we could reduce the carbon footprint and this called earth hour which is today uncannily coinciding with the kid's choice awards. wow looks... More
Answered By: Ur Point Proves? - 3/27/2010
 
I got a space heater. Be careful, sometimes renters insurance chargers you more.
Answered By: Tabitha - 3/27/2010
 
Nothing it is a myth and hoax .
Answered By: MIKE L - 3/27/2010
 
Maybe we face facts instead of continue to believe the hoax and fake science the "scientists" have now admitted to... More
Answered By: Zoe - 3/27/2010
 
First, spend your resources where they will do the most KNOWN good. Cars are not a very good place to spend a lot of limited resources. Cars only produce about 8% of all the CO2 produced by man. Even if you took every car off the road, it probably would not make a really significant difference in global warming. We can... More
Answered By: GABY - 3/27/2010
 
Sit tight...a year from now and you will be cringing with embarrassment that you even believed it was a problem
Answered By: Seebob - 3/27/2010
 
Man this forum is dead! And on Earth Hour no less! Whassamatta Dana you losin' followers or what? I guess your dogma didn't have the staying power as that of Jeebus or MuBOMBed huh? That's ok, you'll still receive your reward in the Green afterlife, you just keep the faith brother!
Answered By: Steele grave - 3/27/2010
 
yeah, more taxes....thats exactly what we need. "If you don't agree, tough." That is the perfect approach... More
Answered By: travis g - 3/27/2010
 
Cap and trade certainly is not perfect, but it's a hell of a lot better than burying your head in the sand and pretending there isn't a problem... More
Answered By: antarcticice - 3/28/2010
 
Right now, all climate neutral energy sources come in the form of electricity, be it nuclear, wind, solar, or "blue" energy. Biofuels have very limited potential and very probably enhance global warming.Electricity requires infrastructure, and just to be able to plug new technologies, huge investment are required... More
Answered By: Richard E - 3/28/2010
 
Lets start with what behaviours are needed... More
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Answered By: JSB - 3/28/2010
 
Taxes. And wot JSB said. Funnily, the change of attitude is taking hold in a few unlikely places including mainstream industry. Hope for us yet.
Answered By: littlerobbergirl - 3/29/2010
 
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