Pollution permits – what up with that?

A couple of our Democratic candidates are keen on the idea of “pollution permits,” which would essentially give the “green light” (pun completely intended) to Hummer, big truck and SUV drivers to continue blasting out loads of carbon emissions – for a fee. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not an idiot. I understand how this can be a good thing. One would hope it would discourage future ginormous automobile sales and might spur large car owners to swap out for a more fuel efficient car. However, I can’t help but feel at the same time, this would really NOT affect people who currently own gas guzzlers at all. These cars are already wildly expensive – what’s a few hundred more dollars a month to continue polluting the environment? If anything, we should be implementing “pollution fines.” (which quintessentially are probably the same thing, just worded differently for the masses)

Why not instead start giving discounts, incentives, tax breaks, etc. to owners of fuel efficient vehicles?

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