My State of the Union Fantasy

Date: 4 Jan 1995 | posted in: From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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

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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