Friday, October 27, 2017

Events in Puerto Rico should make us reflect on what it would be like… with only electric cars

"Rivera stops his pickup truck next to one of the turbines, clambers up a metallic staircase, takes the padlock off a small door, and steps inside the towering structure"

"Puerto Rico Power Authority workers repair power lines in Loíza"

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Solutions that share out all benefits equally among all are the best, but sadly these are of no interest to solution profiteers

Let us suppose a hefty carbon and gas tax was levied and all its revenues distributed equally among all citizens... like helping to fund a Universal Basic Income

Something along the lines of Climate Leadership Council's proposed Carbon Dividends

Would that help the environment? Of course it would!

Would that help to reduce inequalities? Of course it would!

Such ideas have been proposed but why do they not get sufficient social traction?

The climate-change-fight profiteers, those so abundant in the frontlines of all environmental concerns, do not find that to be in their best interests.

The redistribution profiteers, those so abundant in the frontlines of all social concerns, and the political power grabbers, do not find that to be in their best interest.

Tell me, what do we do? A revenue neutral carbon tax is surely more important for the health of our planet than a couple of quite wishy washy Paris agreements.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Now I propose to fight inequality and climate change at the same time... so as to keep the profiteers of both those wars at bay
And here a proposal for Mexico, published in FT, June 1, 2016 

Mexico needs to align incentives on pollution

Sir, Jude Webber writes about the horrible pollution caused by the excessive number of cars in Mexico City (“Corruption and car fumes clog up the capital”, Notebook, May 26) and proposes that eliminating corruption in emission testing could be an important part of solving this. Fat chance! As a Venezuelan, I know that this is not a viable route.

Ms Webber writes: “Mexicans are snapping up cars as fast as the world’s seventh largest producer can churn them out . . . Domestic consumption is the engine of economic growth so there is no official incentive to dissuade people from buying Mexican-built cars and associated products such as petrol.” 

That’s really not the case. You must build up the right political and economic incentives to correct for it. If Mexico imposed carbon tax, petrol tax and a strong traffic toll system, and made sure all the revenues from it were immediately returned to the economy by means of a universal basic income, you would face a different reality. Then you would have aligned the incentives for pollution control and the fight against climate change with the fight against inequality, and that makes for a very powerful alliance. 

Standing in the way, besides initial protests from car owners, would be the redistribution profiteers who would miss a chance to make political and economic capital. Just as in Venezuela.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Fighting climate change should not be an opportunity for pork barrel politicking by NGOs

Initiatives to better the environment or fight climate change is something serious enough, and need to be that and nothing more. These should not be taken as an opportunity for pork barrel politics, like for all types of NGOs to hang on to it their special wishes and issues.

The more pork that is added the lesser the chance of reaching a global consensus.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The #VW #Volkswagen emission control conundrum

Note: Not one single of the comments that follows is intended to diminish in any way or form the responsibility of Volkswagen for an incredibly unethical and criminal behavior. And of course Martin Winterkorn the CEO, as well as many other of Volkswagen must resign, even if not indicted by any malfeasance. Otherwise the not knowing what others were doing, could become a CEO’s and others prime responsibility... BUT:

How on earth did not emission controllers discover it all earlier?... after 11 million cars?... is there no real road driving control on each year models?... or did they have a software for that to.

We might have to be thankful for these treacherous/criminal (though quite ingenious) programmers since now the whole system of controlling emission might be revised in time. 

Of course those responsible in Volkswagen should be fired and probably put in jail... but And what about those 11 million cars’ emission controllers fooled... should they not resign and at least be publicly shamed too? 

But, what if those emission criteria are wrong and give us unnecessarily expensive cars? Should we then not appreciate what VW is doing?

Frankly, with emission controllers like these, global warming seems so much real and so much closer... and we're toast. 

Where can I find an emission control App, so that I do not have to pay emission control inspectors for a shoddy job?

PS. Perhaps Paris should have a little tête-à-tête with Volkswagen about what to do about embarrassing pollution ratings J

PS. I have to confess... I dislike all types of climate change profiteers. Why not more Gas Tax instead?

PS. If any little shady car manufacturer had come up with this in order to trick his local emission controllers, few would have taken much notice… but, for Volkswagen to do this in Europe, gosh that is indeed a potent signal! Thanks VW J

PS. Anyone who imposes regulations that can be gamed is the wrongdoer's best friend.

PS. Volkswagen turned EU's binding emission targets' control, which could be gamed, into a competitive advantage J You developers of UN’s Sustainable Development Goals' the SDGs' controlling instruments... consider yourself having been clearly warned.

Feeling embarrased and sad... for the bug J