SustainabLINKS September 8, 2014

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Aaron Redman is the founder of Achieving Sustainability and what passes for an administrator in these parts. Currently he is working on his Sustainability PhD at ASU while raising a baby daughter and taking advantage of nap time to foment discussions on this here blog.

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1. David Owen would not be as excited-anything that makes driving more pleasant is bad
2. This might be the most regressive form of taxation since feudalism.
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3 thoughts on “SustainabLINKS September 8, 2014

  1. It is very interesting the work you mention on bike strategies!!
    Math problems are everywhere. Another math ideas related with Sustainability I really like are these from Scott Aaronson from MIT:
    “In the two previous comment threads, we got into a discussion of anthropogenic climate change, and of my own preferred way to address it and related threats to our civilization’s survival, which is simply to tax every economic activity at a rate commensurate with the environmental damage that it does, and use the funds collected for cleanup, mitigation, and research into alternatives. (Obviously, such ideas are nonstarters in the current political climate of the US, but I’m not talking here about what’s feasible, only about what’s necessary.) As several commenters pointed out, my view raises an obvious question: who is to decide how much “damage” each activity causes, and thus how much it should be taxed? Of course, this is merely a special case of the more general question: who is to decide on any question of public policy whatsoever?”

    • While hard science has a lot it can help with objective answer, ultimately the variables included, who benefits and what levels of damage are acceptable are all social questions with no “answer”.

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