My State of the Union Fantasy by David Morris January 4, 1995 Bill Clinton has one last shot left before the Grinch steals Washington: the State of the Union Address. What he says on January 24 will either make him a wallflower at someone else’s party or the nation’s bandleader. Here’s the kind of speech I’d … Read More
This 1994 report by David Morris was originally presented at the Environmental Taxes Workshop, sponsored by ME3, ILSR, and Friends of the Earth on July 6, 1994. This report looked at the the status of Eco-taxes in the United States and Europe.… Read More
Between 1990 and 1993, ILSR published its Facts to Act On series, 38 articles covering a wide range of topics on recycling, waste management, and grassroots organizing. The series was renewed between 2000 and 2002.… Read More
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
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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The garbage wars have begun. The well-publicized odyssey of the wandering garbage barge from Islip, Long Island in New York, is but the latest in a series of skirmishes that threaten the very political fabric of this country.… Read More