13 Best Energy Ideas (And 3 Really Bad Ones) :: by Sarah van Gelder
The Green Changemakers
APRIL 4, 2008
Investments in energy projects will total $16 trillion in the next two decades. Here are our picks for the best (and a few of the worst) ideas: Put a Price on Carbon What: Carbon pollution costs the polluter nothing; all the rest of us pay the price. Carbon taxes and “cap & trade” mechanisms make it expensive to be a carbon polluter (see Claim Your Piece of the Sky for how to do cap-and-trade right). And it can have major carbon benefits.