Lincoln Should Have Allowed the South to Secede

This time of the year we used to celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Too bad we no longer do so. For this would be an excellent historical moment to reflect on whether Lincoln’s decision to keep the country intact was right. Personally, I think he made an enormous blunder.

Few would support Lincoln’s decision if he were making it today. Few Americans support Russia’s current war against its secessionist states. No one believes Ottawa has the right to send the Canadian army in to stop Quebec from seceding.

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The Concepts of Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship

Date: 13 Jan 1993 | posted in: Waste to Wealth | 1 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Extended producer responsibility (EPR), based on the “polluter pays” principle, entails making manufacturers responsible for the entire lifecycle of the products and packaging they produce. One aim of EPR policies is to internalize the environmental costs of products into their price. Another is to shift the economic burden of managing products that have reached the end of their useful life from local government and taxpayers to product producers and consumers.… Read More

Making the Polluter Pay: The Case for a Minnesota Carbon Tax

Date: 5 Nov 1991 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, environment | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This 1991 report by David Morris looked at the implications of establishing a carbon tax in Minnesota. Minnesota should impose a carbon tax designed to raise revenue rather than to change behavior.  A reasonable tax might be $6 per ton, in line with taxes already imposed by European governments, although lower than those proposed by the European Commission.  Such a tax would raise the cost of energy and raise revenues and might encourage efficiency.
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