Friday, 19 December 2014

Oil for now or Climate Change later?

With Oil prices  halving and  causing chaos in the global stock markets and currencies, surely we should be bold to take advantage this opportunity has given us  to limit oil use and keep it in the ground .

We are constantly being told we have to leave most oil reserves in the ground , as the use of it will cause catastrophic climate change, so now we have the golden chance to be able to do something about it.

Now we can tax to maintain a steady retail price , utilizing this tax bonanza to enhance green alternatives and also to begin a tax reform , whereby all natural resources are taxed according to the environmental damage they cause.

This is where politicians  and economists have to swift on their feet to enable quick changes .

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

How to address Climate Change through economic and Tax means

Have we solved the climate change problem yet?
Are reductions happening?
Are we on target to stop global warming?
Have we stopped destruction of natural habitations and eco-systems?
Have we reduced natural resource waste?
Have we a handle on Population growth?

I believe you  have collectively the power to inform and make the changes needed to ensure we have a planet worth living on for our children  and make a real sustainable future for all mankind.

To this end since my retirement I have been trawling through lots of papers about climate change and not just climate change , but also the destruction of the planet's finite resources to include water land and air.

To this end, and coming from a successful glasshouse farming business which I owned until 1980  which I then sold as a very successful business to a large fruit importer, employing a lot of the techniques found in the climate and ecosystem debates,we are so heavily engaged in at present.
I have dedicated myself to finding a solution to this most urgent problem, and discovered that everyone is very busy with research on technical fixes and coming up with lots of ideas. However there appears to be a huge cavern of non action, that is in the role of how money, and its use within the economy, affects directly the decisions we all make as Researchers, academics, producers, manufacturers, distributors marketers and finally all of us together as consumers to what we use and the direct effects there use has on the planet .

Acting totally independently with no axe to grind and no allegiance to anyone, I have slowly arrived at a relatively simple conclusion,

1 To empower everyone and all individuals  to make the decisions affecting the planet themselves, directly through their consumption habits.

2 To Remove all existing taxes from all businesses, property and individuals as they exist at present, as they are distorted unfair corrupt and fail the planet, in fact they often enhance the direct destruction as we see with fossil fuel subsidies, coal subsidies,  with tax breaks etc.etc.

3 Introduce one single new tax based on the damage caused to all natural resources by their use and exploitation, and collect as near to the source as possible , like at the wellhead, mine head, at the frontier borders, but with the single aim to collect ALL needed revenue from this source

4 This will not be tax revenue neutral as some have asked for and also not just on carbon but all pollution and damage to the planets environmental  and eco-systems.

5  The NATURAL RESOURCE TAX will tax ALL natural resources where it is practical to do so, at as close to source as possible, the tax would be calculated by how damaging it is to the planet and  dependant on the scientific communities calculations behind how damaging the resources are to the planet, The amount collected be determined by politicians on the amount needed to provide all the services required from infrastructure, health, education security etc. It is this all inclusiveness that is so important , so each individual will then purchase their goods and services based on the real damage the resources used have on the planet. for example oil will be taxed according to its carbon emissions but also its dirty particulates, its carbon monoxide and of course the damage to the land directly where it is extracted, Another example is land use, land would be taxed according to have far from a natural state it has been removed , so in farming organic farming would attract less tax than conventional wil pesticides and monocropping, housing would pay for the total loss of soil organisms and loss of plants as does any concreted area, so enhancing the building of up wards , but then you have a shading problem like we have on solar farms , preventing plants growing and sequestering carbon and reduction of wildlife. and so on.

6The introduction of a death tax , although not purely environmental , to redistribute wealth so the poor can be better educated, to have the same opportunity of being empowered under the new regime of taxation of equality, fairness and transparency.

7 The introduction of a citizens wage, which would be paid to all citizens for life , to pay for their health, welfare and pensions from , and to empower the individual to look after themselves rather than the state providing free abused services that cost , due to people negligence and willful self harm , there would however be some extra for the real disabled  which is out of individual's control.

 ThIs Will along with a free market economy, will realign the whole distorted way that  resources are employed, and the real methodology will begin to emerge with the one aim of protecting and producing a long term sustainable civilization we all will be proud to be a part of and knowing that future generations will be able to live without the threat of extinction.

The benefits of such a system are many , but the main ones are;

1 Quick response to climate change and ecosystem collapse

2 Reduction in the overall taxation levels due to reduced tax evasion, fraud and avoidance

3 A more fair and equitable system of taxation   and should be morally and ethically acceptable as it must be more transparent.

None of this changes the banks, corporates, multinationals and governments attitude to capitalism  and how that affects the planet. This a subject I have little knowledge of, but to say in my opinion it is corrupt up to the eyeballs and will find its final resting place once we start some real reforms as has been outlined above. I do believe however that we all need a target, a dream, and a future.

I now call on all the scientific community to wake from their narrow blinkered studies and just ask themselves.

 How can we collectively change quickly and move all in the right direction?

Money when spent = energy release + climate change  + destruction of all ecosystems + some minor outcomes.

Also I believe our wages  are the same shape and size as our Carbon Footprint.
The bigger the Worse!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

RE- Geo- engineering the planet

Response to geo-engineering in the Guardian 26/11/2014 environment section

All geo-engineering as stated above all cost a lot and are slow to implement, and may not work anyhow , certainly not in the short term.
It appears to me that we , mankind , has caused the problem by over use of all of the earths and Gods own Natural Resources , It is surely not an impossible task to ensure that mankind reverses this huge abuse of the planets resources.
All these resources have been given to mankind as our "commons" that are free for all of mankind to use as they see fit , It is this anaylisis that has to be questioned and perhaps we have to rethink the whole way we all behave in natural resource use, and thereby reduce greenhouse gasses and all other pollution and eco- destruction we are so guilty of committing to the planet and all its inhabitants.
Surely we have to look to ourselves and our greedy lifestyle and fundamentally pay for the damage we do by reforming the tax system to ensure that all taxes are coupled to the pollution and damage we all do through our consumerism and pure greed for an ever better lifestyle and profligate waste we generate.
If we are to change fast , it is of the utmost importance to reform the whole economic and fiscal means of using money for the sole purpose of destroying the planet's life, including mankind.
Just, if we could change this area of spend and waste quickly then , it would not just turn around the climate crisis quickly , but also it would solve it for the future generations to come .
I believe we have to fundamentally link all natural resources with the long term survivability of the living planet , by taxing all natural resources , based on the damage and potential damage they cause to the planet, Indeed this tax should replace all existing taxes , so as to concentrate the mind on the issue involved , and would promote new ideas, methods of working , new ways to provide energy. the list is endless, as nearly all the industrial revolutions benefits have to be renewed to meet this challenge laid down to us by the planet itself.
The planet will always survive , but life upon it is up to us .....
All Global finance and personal wealth is spent on energy in some form, resulting in global warming and destruction of all ecosystems.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

The Moral Maze BBC Radio 4 , 5 Nov 2014

The moral purpose of Tax

I must congratulate you on your input to this programme  which i often find interesting , but  I was waiting , waiting for the real topic to be discussed on this subject, that is "the moral purpose of tax on people"?

In recent modern times tax has been used for the defence of the realm as in recent wars, and since the beginning of the century increasingly more on education, health , welfare and pensions as well as infrastructure of transport, road, rail,air and water.

The moral question I have about all this is , should we have a taxation system heavily based on the taxation of individuals and businesses , when in real terms the tax is collected, in an unfair and inequitable way, with the taxes being avoided ,evaded,  and fraudulently abused by so many individuals and corporations, not to mention if the rates themselves are fair and equitable to all within society?

Surely, we need to look at how the monies are raised in the first place and any taxes levied should be on the long term sustainability and protection of the planet for future generations, rather than feeding the frenzy of the Free Market, and ensuring that these very resources we have left on the planet are being used at an ever increasing rate  with the resulting damage to the earth's eco systems that we all equally depend on for life itself.

Are we as a civilization so greedy that we cannot see the end game  and head like lemmings to the cliff edge and indeed start falling off the edge and the remainder still keep pushing  us all over untill few are left. The rich few will no doubt try to protect themselves  behind walls and hoard for the future , but what future will be left when all the workers have been pushed over the cliff.

The morals of taxation are to tax  the damage done to the planet , The "polluter should pay", Those that use the most should pay for the privilege by paying a truer price of those goods according to the damage they do to the planet.

Taxes like VAT,duties  and the council tax are the most effective ways of collecting tax with the least avoidance.

SO to be brief I believe we need to move from all existing taxes towards a tax on all natural resources based on the damage their extraction and use causes directly to the environment, planets ecosystems and mankind.
This collected as near to source as possible will result in the reduction of fraud evasion and avoidance, and if transparently collected will be more morally and ethically acceptable.

This sort of taxation empowers the individual to be responsible for their own future  and will encourage in the long term a real sense of ownership of the planets future.This linked with reform of the health and welfare system so that the individual has to pay for their own health and benefits from a citizens wage that would be for life.

The moral purpose of taxation , is to protect , provide real security, empower and educate the individual  for a real and long term future for us all.

Thank you all for your stimulating discussions and debates , but please look to the future, for our children , and not keep looking back at what could have been.

Yours david dunn

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Response To Naomi Klein at Chicago Council

Can we get to the nitty gritty and ask how on earth are we going to change the systems fast enough. WE surly need a system that empowers the individual to do the right thing towards the planet, by just behaving in a normal way, in the way they consume and live their lives.

The change we want to move to has to be thought through and modeled and stress tested to see if it has any chance of succeeding , WE have in the UK a new supercomputer to tell us of all the effects of the pending climate change , but we fail to model the economic and fiscal aspects of what is happening and what may happen when we change anything. we spend millions on the clearing up after the disaster and fail to spend a little on preventative means to mitigate such scenarios.

To the point , we need a simple solution that involves everyone, to include businesses, public services, and all citizens   equally, fairly and equitably whilst in a transparent manner to ensure it succeeds.

A transition to where there is no tax evasion fraud and evasion  from national or international taxes and avoidance of moral and ethical regulations.

I believe this is all possible by removing all existing taxes and introducing a new NATURAL RESOURCE TAX, whereby all natural resources are taxed according to the damage they do to all the planets ecosystems by their extraction and use, to include Land and all Minerals.

All citizens would receive a citizens wage for life which would replace all current pension health and welfare payments and benefits.

Finally a death Tax to redistribute wealth from rich families, individuals and businesses to the poorer within society as a whole and reduce the overall tax burden.

The consequences cannot be foreseen , but my belief, is that by empowering the individual   to make the right choices in their consumption habits, rather than letting big corporations and governments making the choices on our behalf, this will lead to the right consumption habits being observed , especially when under the new regime the dirtier the resource or use of resource, the higher will be the price of the subsequent goods and services.

The connection between money that you spend, and the pollution you cause, will I believe be the quickest way to mobilise the world into a new lifestyle change that I think we all agree needs to occur.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Birds being desimated

Bird and all wildlife is being decimated by all aspects of modern farming , but primarily by the fact that it is so monoculture in both the crop type but also by the eradication of all pests, diseases and weed herbage which act as food and cover for the rest of the wild fauna.

Farmers should be taxed according to the damage they do to the ecosystems under their stewardship.
Loss of habitat at all levels in the countryside has occurred for years , but as the planet comes under increasing threat from global warming and climate change , we now need all the interactions that nature can provide to clean and capture all the worlds pollutants man has released into the environment at large.

This loss is not just damaging bird numbers but also will have a grave impact on farming and mans own survival in the long term.

We must act fast, not just on Carbon Emissions but also on how all Natural Resources can be made sustainable for all life to live and prosper, from insects to man , from fungi to trees, all life, and not to pick and choose.

A whole new approach to protection of life has to be addressed, it not just man's own civilization at risk . but the whole rich diversity of all life that has to protected, enhanced and made sustainable for the long term.

Water resources are being attacked also from many areas, the filtrations and cleansing of rain is being jeopardised due to tree loss and fast run-off , rather than filtering through the solid and capturing carbon as it does so. It is also being contaminated by drugs entering vis sewage and from pesticides from drainage from farmland, and also air pollution dropping out of the air onto land and into water supplies.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Corporate power and the new economy

Corporate power , as we have seen in recent years , unbridled and all powerful  with the freedom to do as they wish will have to stop.

 As we see Tesco falling from the giddy heights a few months ago and now falling headlong into an abyss which may kill it off altogether. This capitalist method of rise and fall , does only a few real favours  but but enhances mans greed for ever more power and supposed wealth.

As with the Banks are they to big to fail, what about petrol supplies, food distribution and pharmacies that so many now have become reliant on. Will the remaining retailers cope if they were to foreclose tomorrow? With something like a 20% market share , and in some localities it could be as high as 50%. what is the real fallout, Higher prices,higher taxes to pay for more redundancies and higher welfare payments , high stress levels for everyone from suppliers ,employees and customers alike, making even more work for the NHS and services that help in these situations.

All corporations should have a maximum size that they are able to become with only few exemptions when the State can become a share holder as could be the case for Energy, Utilities, Pharma and Food production and allied industries that are strategic to the national well being of the nation. This size should be determined by how much of the national market they take in their sphere of activity. This lies around the 10-20% share as has been discussed by various economists, but once struck should be strictly adhered too.
This would then enable smaller and more nimble businesses to be able to enter the field and move technology and ideas forward at a faster and more economic rate than in the past.

Large corporate entities are in themselves slow and not very nimble as we are seeing in the race to a vaccine for EBOLA, Will it be GSK or a smaller company that makes the real breakthrough, It will hover be the big boys muscle that will be the winners in the end as they will swallow any small players in one bite , and become even more bigger and powerful.

Lets hope that Ebola does not infect GSK in the process and put us all back decades in lost hopes for the future long term health of the planet!