D.C. Residents Want To “Decarbonize” To Save The Economy Or Something

What’s most interesting is that the same people pushing carbon taxes and fees on fossil fuels companies refuse to give up their own use of fossil fuels. They want Everyone Else to pay the price for their beliefs. In this case, we have Khalid Pitts, co-owner of Cork Wine Bar & Market, along with Roger Horowitz, co-founder of Pleasant Pops, pushing a carbon fee. Both companies surely use lots of fossil fuels to deliver their products, particularly in the case of a wine bar, where wines would come from around the world

A climate-change policy that grows the economy and benefits D.C. residents

So we wonder: How can D.C. businesses and residents do our part to address our climate crisis? The answer: We need to get off carbon-based fossil fuels, the main source of climate change, as fast as possible. But we need to “decarbonize” our city’s economy in a way that supports business growth without burdening our residents, especially the low- and moderate-income residents who are many of our neighbors.

Which is why we support a novel policy under consideration by the D.C. Council called the Climate and Community Reinvestment Act. It would require fossil-fuel companies doing business in the District to pay a fee for every ton of carbon dioxide they put into the atmosphere. The policy would then rebate the overwhelming share of the collected revenue — hundreds of millions of dollars — to D.C. households and small businesses such as ours. A recent economic study shows that this “fee-and-rebate” policy would cut carbon emissions nearly 23 percent in the city while expanding the District’s economy, creating more jobs and raising the incomes of most Washington residents, especially the poor and middle class.

First, they are silently admitting that this policy would jack up the cost of living for D.C. residents, which is already pretty darned high. The government caused COL increase would only be partially offset by refunding money back to residents. In the real world, good luck with that. They’ll find plenty of uses for that money and plenty of excuses why those uses are better than a refund.  Said refund is supposed to be at least 80%, but, 20% “would be invested directly into a “green bank” or other programs to help residents and businesses finance solar panels or efficiency upgrades.” Good luck with this.

They’re kinda silent on exactly how increasing costs on citizens and businesses will create more jobs and raise incomes. The Bunch Of Mule Fritters Climate Scam Act Climate and Community Reinvestment Act is rather vague, as well.

The pollution reductions are achieved by simply making dirty-energy suppliers pay their fair share. D.C. restaurants are not allowed to dump their trash into the street each night. But oil and gas and coal companies can dump carbon pollution into our atmosphere for free. Charging a fee of $20 per ton of pollution starting in 2019 (rising to $150 by 2032) will ensure that those fuels are gradually priced out of the D.C. market. Wind and solar and energy efficiency will prevail.

What will happen is that people will simply go outside of D.C. to purchase fuel. Which will harm gas station owners, which, remember, nowadays tend to be convenience stores, selling a huge range of products. These stores will close, putting people out of work. Only so many can relocate, due to a saturated market. Residents of D.C., though, will have a tougher time getting fuel. Their power bills will skyrocket. But, hey, if D.C. residents want to damage their economy and increase their COL, that’s on them.

These same leaders joined Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) in pledging that the city would defy President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement by achieving Districtwide greenhouse gas reductions that match the Paris goals. A local carbon fee-and-rebate policy is the single best way to honor that pledge.

Of course there had to be some #Resist. They really want to harm their lives for this. Let them.

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7 Responses to “D.C. Residents Want To “Decarbonize” To Save The Economy Or Something”

  1. McGehee says:

    Somebody needs to look up “defy”:

    pledging that the city would defy President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement by achieving Districtwide greenhouse gas reductions that match the Paris goals.

    …because withdrawing from the Paris pointlessness is not the same thing as telling everyone in the country that they can’t do whateverTF they like about GHG or carbon emissions.

  2. Blick says:

    Stop selling alcohol, wine and beer, the manufacture of which creates CO2. And carbonated drinks, which when opened release CO2. Stop selling cigarettes and cigars, the burning of which creates CO2. Marijuana smoking creates CO2. Hard drugs are manufactured and transported with fossil fuels. Oh, just so many ways people can contribute to reducing their WDC carbon footprint. PS. Stop selling beans and bean products, the ingestion of which creates Methane which is worse than CO2.

    Let’s get serious WDC.

    • Jeffery says:

      Blick,

      While every little bit helps, none of your listed activities add a significant amount of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere… and hard drugs are already banned. But by all means give up wine, beer, cigarettes, soda pop, pot, hard drugs and beans.

      On the other hand burning one gallon of gasoline adds about 20 pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere.

      Do Con Men take anything seriously, other than tracking down Mexicans and ridiculing others?

      • Blick says:

        Jeffery. Please explain chemically, how you get 20 lbs of CO2 out of an 8 lbs gallon of gasoline? Does it consume X lbs of oxygen?

        You have to calculate the fuel cost of transport of all those french and california wines etc to WDC to have the true reduction of CO2. and all the waste treatment costs after it is consumed.

        • Jeffery says:

          Blick,

          First a gallon of gasoline doesn’t weigh 8.35 lbs like water does(gasoline is less dense than water; about 6.4 lbs/gal).

          You are correct, when burned each carbon atom in a hydrocarbon combines with oxygen (O2).

          Using the hydrocarbon octane as an example to simplify the math (gasoline is a complex mix various hydrocarbons):

          2 C8H18 + 25 O2 –> 16 CO2 + 18 H2O

          so 2 moles of octane requires 25 moles of oxygen to burn to carbon dioxide and water. The FW for octane is about 114 and for carbon dioxide is 44.

          (16 x 44)/ (2 x 114) = 3.08; 3.08 x 5.9 lb/gal = 18.2 lbs CO2/ gal octane.

          Gasoline is more dense than octane so would yield more CO2.

          But check my math.

  3. drowningpuppies says:

    So we wonder: How can D.C. businesses and residents do our part to address our climate crisis?

    Stopped right there.

    There is no climate crisis.

    The real crisis to address is their murder and violent crime along with their corrupt public officials.

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