Rebecca Solnit reviews the Copenhagen Climate Summit





Best wishes to you in the new year: 2010.

  The Copenhagen Climate Summit conference held in December 2009 ended with what I regard as a stunning and disappointing outcome. No numeric goal and deadline for global warming gas emission was agreed on. According to the Rebecca Solnit article, the main reason for no numeric emission reduction is China refused to participate in a commitment.

  Lets take the Copenhagen Summit disappointment, and note the broad decline in American manufacturing, and especially note that what remains of an American automobile industry depends on a large fraction of low cost imported components.

 Here are the points that affect the implementation of  "carts on the bus":
  • This blog needs a CO2 emission reduction overview of the :carts on the bus scheme.
  • The design should favor modifying existing carts, locally creating the components.
  • The benefits of an euler path should be reviewed.
  • The benefits of unatteded autonomous buses should be identified..
  • A further design with "zero packaging waste" and 100% re-use should be explored.
Not within this blog but personally, I have had a feeling that the state of California should raise the sales tax to 11% (from the present level of 10%). In other words, the state of California should move a little further toward the European "consumption tax" revenue model.

One of the reasons for that tax increase is the tax will collect revenue from Chinese import products whose manufacture has ended the tax revenue created when the same products were previously made in California. A state cannot directly tax imports, but a state can tax all manufactured non-food and non-medicine items.

So as it relates to the "carts on bus" proposal, if the scheme uses carts or buses or bus batteries made in China, the additional 1% of sales tax is partial compensation for the higher CO2 emissions of the offshore manufacturing in a non-CO2 capped nation.


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