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Arctic Meltdown and Why I Should Win the Nobel Prize in Economics...but probably won't - The Arctic Meltdown is accelerating rapidly, posing a threat to Arctic wildlife and US Coastal regions, yet we have still not developed a plan that offers any real solution to the problem of global warming.
There is a simple solution to global warming, but people will never change voluntarily. Personal needs will always outweigh the greater good in the eyes of the consumer.
People crave status and fast, powerful cars equate to status in the eyes of many consumers. Only two forces will effect the change needed to reduce pollution: economic change and legislative change.
The simplest solution to the global-warming crisis would be to implement a global thirty-mileper-hour speed limit. This would greatly reduce the weight of vehicles and dramatically improve their efficiency. The reduced speed would dramatically reduce accidents and traffic fatalities while generating far-fewer pollutants.
People would adapt to this change...gradually...yet they would adapt in time. Commuters would relocate to reduce travel time and people would begin to plan their errands more efficiently. Stop and think for a moment just how many ways that reducing vehicle speed to thirty miles per hour would save fuel.
Why should I win the Nobel Prize for Economics...but probably won't?
First of all, my plan makes sense. It makes a lot more sense than any of the proposals that have been offered by Presidential hopefuls during the 2008 Presidential election preliminaries.
Second, it will probably never happen. I ran the idea by my dentist who is very-intelligent man and he immediately suggested, "and those who want to go faster can pay a fee for the privildge." My thought was ... sigh. This brings me to my third point...
Third...this proposal will probably never happen. The ego-centric nature of humans won't allow the greater good to prevail over their personal desire to go fast and appear prosperous; therefore, the legislation to implement the thirty-mile-per-hour speed limit would never probably never pass. The proposal applies equally to everyone...there is no way for anyone to feel superior if everyone is required to go the same speed.
The question is...can a true theory that is brilliant by virtue of simplicity win the Nobel Prize in Economics? I am not certain if the powers that be in the nomination and selection process can look beyond the stale-academic journals long enough to recognize brilliance.;) Further, can the powers that be look beyond the fact that I just made that comment and still award me the Nobel Prize in Economics? In other words, can the powers that be that determine the winner of the Nobel Prize look to the greater good and not feel insulted by what I just said?
The only other solution is to artificially inflate the price of gasoline through taxation.;) Eliminate the IRS and impose a fuel tax instead. I can guarantee you that overnight, fuel conservation would become a top priority.
There you go...two ideas that are good enough to win the Nobel Prize in Economics. The first solution protects the poor...the second solution punishes the poor. Which do you think would be the more popular solution if people were forced to choose?;)
By the way, I am still running for President.;)