Massive carbon tax can work however for it to be effective, there needs to be a bureaucratic system in place that is transparent, efficient and one that gains public confidence.
Unlike politicians, bureaucrats are less visible to the public and so can get away with unethical practices or negligence. Bureaucrats tend to stay in office longer than elected politicians (with the exception of appointed bureaucrats that head a department) and therefore more susceptible to staying with the status quo or more prone to corruption. Further more with the lack of public oversight it is easy for complacency and incompetence to go unnoticed within a department.
Some examples that point to this assertion include the popular image in entertainment that personifies the Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) as uncaring, slow, incompetent and power hungry and that’s a reflection of public perception on Government Bureaucrats.
Nevertheless the handling over incidents such as the West Virginia mine explosion at the Sago Mine that left 13 miners trapped, eventually leading to 12 fatalities and one survivor in 2006 seems to justify that public perception of Government Bureaucracy.
The lack of transparency by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), the political sway and the revolving door that appointed a former mine executive to head the agency under the George Bush administration, who had the mining industries and political interests as priorities and not the safety in operations as the agency formed to oversea was supposed to do.
So if the perception by the public is that Government agencies fail to addres basic critical issues, be it within the MSHA, EPA, FDA or IRS all of these agencies have had discrepancies or scandals in the past decade- what would the publics reaction to a massive carbon tax be?
What assurances would be set in place to demonstrate that these taxes are actually being used to combat global warming and are not being misappropriated while hydrocarbon producers get away with subsidies and a blind eye to some of their practices.
Denmark has been successful with this strategy for some of the following reasons.
I. The OPEC oil embargo hurt Denmark’s economy, which brought the topic of carbon fuels to the public. This impacted the USA too, however the USA turned to foreign policy that...