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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

WEEKLY Q: Encourage green behaviour?

Yesterday I posted my 'Drop The Tax' Top 10 list of 10 ways the government could encourage green behaviour not by punishing ungreen behaviour, but instead by rewarding green behaviour.

Some great comments were left and made me realise that the debate on whether to punish or reward is still intense. So my question this week is:

Do you believe in rewarding green behaviour, punishing ungreen behaviour, or a hybrid of the two?

Whilst punishment is harsh treatment for people behaving normally I do like the idea of removing subsidies and government financial support for ungreen practices and letting the free market move naturally. I also think that rewarding green behaviour incentivises positive action without marginalising anyone. I therefore support a mixture of reward and punishment.

What do you think works? Thoughts?



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At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you choose to take tax off for what you think is right, then invitably everything will be tax free becuase people have alot of diverse opinions on what is best for the planet and/or the country. If the government did that it would be choosing favorites, which gernerally isn't allowed.

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Disillusioned kid said...

In principle, rewarding people for being green seems more apalatable, but in practice it could prove problematic.

Would there be a staggered system whereby the more you recycle (for instance) the less you pay? Quite apart from problems with people nicking (and possibly selling) rubbish to avoid tax, this would seem a hugely complicated system to operate. If one goes for a pay or don't system, then it's hard to see how this is any different to punishing people for not being green


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