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Ecological Consumption Taxes: 

Essential  to Meeting  the Challenges of  the 21st Century



Our hearts tell us what we should do. Prices tell us what we will do.


The  principle is clear if we want to  make  economic growth mean ecological improvement,  not ecological destruction. This is the practical definition of sustainability in the 21st century



More pollution must mean a decrease in the rate of profit. Less pollution must mean  increasing profits. Polluting goods will lose market share. Non-polluting goods will gain market share.


We need to tax consumption, not income. Pay taxes on whatever  we buy  or use. More pollution, more tax. Lower pollution, less tax. Ecological consumption taxes can enlist the invisible hand of Adam Smith  in the cause of ecological sustainability. The market means are at hand  to lead to sustainability and prosperity. 


In his book Markets, Democracy & Survival Roy Morrison presents a detailed plan for an ecological value added tax to be phased in to replace all income tax (personal, corporate, and payroll).


 An average 18% ecological  value added tax,  or E-VAT, can  replace all  U.S. government taxes on income, fund the federal budget, and get the prices right by raising taxes on  more polluting goods and services. The more polluting, the higher the E-VAT tax rate, and the lower the rate of profit. 


The regresive effects of ecological consumption taxes can be remedied by a negative income tax to hold harmless, for example, the 40% of U.S. households with lowest household income.


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