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carbon tax in a market anarchy?

i feel like commenting on something people may be confused about: do i, as a (left-wing) market anarchist, support a carbon tax?

the answer is: basically yes, and i think a stateless society would have an equivalent: carbon restitution.

given todays evicence, it is reasonable to consider significant net-positive CO2 emissions a rights violation. public security agencies (or more specialized organisations) can and should stop these violators. so in order to avoid that CO2 emitters should find (or create) an equivalent CO2 sink. usually this will be another organisation that binds carbon in the environment or commodities (liquid CO2 tanks, carbonates, algea, plant matter, plastics, diamonds, whatever makes most sense for them). it probably generally makes sense for both parties to capture and deliver the CO2 from source to sink instead of releasing it into the atmosphere, but that's between them, as long their net emissions are 0.

of course states have enough opportunity to screw up a carbon tax, such as not doing it, doing it insufficiently or not rewarding CO2 sinks accordingly. so i maybe there are some carbon-tax proposals i would be against. but the idea makes sense and, as usual, i would expect competing voluntary organisations to do a better job at it than violent monopolists.

also i guess CO2 emissions are an less complex issue then other environmental concerns, because it's easy to quantify then stuff like bio-diversity or antibiotics resistance. but despair is always boring so let's try! :)

[crossposted here]

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