The debate about what should be done is a silly one! Let’s agree right from the get-go that we need to act on the environment issues (individually and together) and let’s make a plan. The difficulty for the government is finding the right balance between the different options such as, just to name a few, command-and-control, policy for property rights, tradable rights, top-down laws, green taxes, comprehensive reforms. What are the common goals we would like to establish per country and world wide taking into account the different level of development of each country?
Once we have a balance with the government and different options we now need to face the individual dilemma. How can we make all individuals act (or react)? Could we create a demand sooner than later? I am not convinced that we can invent our way out of problems such as with water, air, and extinctions of animals…
While trying to solve these enigmas there are different aspects to take into account: efficiency, cost benefits, effectiveness, bureaucratic (or not), private vs public, market affects, what about the poor and who has the property rights over the commons?
Methods are often incompatible but at least we are seeing market forces slowly beginning to make inroads into environment policy changes. How can we be more pro-active and keep working toward that goal! Should we add more green taxes individually and together? What would be the right balance?