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A carbon pricing infrastructure doomsday. What happens when goals are reached? Who loses?



A systems approach to carbon pricing must include a full life cycle model. When goals are reached the system must include an orderly decommissioning plan. Let's not build a system like cigarette taxes which has become a needed revenue stream. Most systems, if not properly designed, self-modify in order to ensure their survival. Any carbon tax model must include an inviolable "sunset provision" allowing reduced pollution to be the ONLY goal. Various methods to implement this design feature will be developed and compared.

Is this proposal for a practice or a project?


What actions do you propose?

A consortium of stakeholders and interested parties will develop and study various proposals for implementing a carbon tax decommissioning strategy. Current carbon tax proposals will be studied to determine likelihood of survival behaviors.

Who will take these actions?

A consortium of stakeholders and interested parties might revolve around a university with a Systems Science research center.

Where will these actions be taken?

Studies such as these are well suited to internet collaboration.

In addition, specify the country or countries where these actions will be taken.

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What impact will these actions have on greenhouse gas emissions and/or adapting to climate change?

These studies will attempt to insure that carbon tax implementations do not guarantee the survival of carbon emissions.

What are other key benefits?

Such studies will also highlight the need for complete life-cycle design.


What are the proposal’s projected costs?

Hopefully stakeholders and interested parties will be self-funded or grant-funded.


Carbon taxes are a few years away but appropriate study might be complete before carbon taxes are wide-spread.

About the author(s)

The author is retired from an extensive career in IT in the US as a programmer and systems analyst.

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