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Tax coal, tax gas,

Agree. Taxing pollution is a simple way and perhaps politically most "stable."

..use the income to build grid interconnections

Why earmark taxes?

..and offer contracts for storage facilities.

Why should public build these?

- Again, without picking technologies.

Government has actually a good history in R&D. IMO favorable technologies should be supported with the help of public money in R&D, but not by micromanaging the market place.

Simply offer a flat payment per mwh storage capability at a given efficiency.

How do you calculate efficiency?

by kjr63 on Fri Jan 6th, 2012 at 11:23:20 AM EST
Why earmark taxes?

because otherwise it'll disappear as tax cuts for a small sector of the community?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Jan 6th, 2012 at 11:32:50 AM EST
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Actually, that was not what I was thinking. Mostly I was thinking that the entire point of this tax is that it should eliminate itself - The income base beneath it disappears as utilities stop using coal and gas, and if it is part of general revenue that creates incentives for government to keep coal and gas in use- if it is being used to build the replacement infrastructure for the coal and gas plants this is not a concern - the need for the income disappears along with the income stream.
by Thomas on Fri Jan 6th, 2012 at 02:53:02 PM EST
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