tax the problem away
The other day on NPR I heard someone talking about the "carbon" tax idea, but put in a way that made more sense to me than before:
Let governments tax carbon-producers, and decrease existing taxes by that amount, thereby encouraging more efficiency in CO2 production while simultaneously stimulating the rest of the economy. I had not heard it posed like that, has anyone else? It is generally purported as an extra tax, rather than zero-sum.
So then I thought, could this be a case of more is better? Could we just let state and federal governments gain their entire revenues from carbon-generation, both industrial and individual, and eliminate sales, excise, and income taxes? The primary block against reducing the use of fossil-fuels is that per-calorie they are much cheaper than any other source. Adding the cost of government to the current cost of fossil fuels would make them more expensive than many other sources.
The only problem, besides the massive industry opposition to such legislation, would be controlling the black market.