It's, April 15, tax day here in the US, and Eli and Brian have been thinking about how to save the world.
Everybunny knows that a carbon tax is the best way to minimize the damage from climate change that is coming, and we all know that the chance of a real carbon tax anywhere depends on changing the political climate.
The elevator version is that it is fairly simple to calculate one's own emissions, just electricity, heating and fuel (yes, there are other things, but that is not a bad estimate and fudge factors can always be added). With those three number and the amount of CO2 generated for each (easy to find on the net) one can pick a price of carbon of one's liking and calculate the tax on your cell phone (Millenials), spreadsheed (GenX) or the back of an envelope (folks as old as Eli)
Eli will even provide a Google Sheet to calculate the tax. The example covers what we used in the hutch in March.
Since this sheet is live, Eli is going to paste the initial values at the bottom of this post so that anybunny can check if somebunny messes about with it, but the structure it should be trivial to reproduce.
With the spreadsheet you can calculate your own personal carbon tax. Donate that amount to people who will change the political climate and to support mitigation in the underdeveloped world. Split it as you like, but let the people and organizations you donate to know WHY you are donating.
Using Eli Rabett's handy dandy Carbon Tax Calculator, bunnies can calculate their own carbon tax. What to do with it.
Eli suggests donating to those supporting a carbon tax, such as, and he will be happy to add names here for USAans, donations from others are a nono, but they have their own politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) - running this year
who have introduced the American Opportunity Carbon Free Act
and also support those running against types like Lamar Smith, Chair of the House Science Committee who has swallowed the complete ball of denial. Even in cases where a win may not be possible, putting down a marker can concentrate minds. Smith is opposed by
Tom Wakely in TX-21
YMMV, and Eli looks forward to a lively discussion, but excuse him for a moment there is a check to mail. Suggestions welcome also for donations to support mitigation in the developing world
This has been a short version of Eli Rabett's (and Brian's) Simple Plan To Save The World, or at least help get rid of the Lamar Smiths.