Building a smarter, greener planet by applying the "dude emissions control" principle
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I'm sad to say that my Friday is not off to such a happy start. While driving to work and listening to National Public Radio (NPR), I just learned that I am contributing to the world wide pandemic called excessive "dude emissions". That's right my journalism colleagues at NPR have declared that "dude" is one of the mostly widely overused words on the smarter planet and we need to take immediate steps to get this runaway situation under control. I have to say I was just shocked to hear this news. I thought I'd been working so hard to be cooler and smarter and greener. Little did I know that I was personally pushing "dude emissions" to such a precarious brink of disaster.
Fortunately, NPR has proposed applying the "CAP & TRADE" economic approach to address "dude emissions". Essentially, the way this would work is the world wide "dude control" commission (let's call it the WWDCC) would set a limit (or "CAP") on the number of times the word "dude" can be used on an annual basis by all of us on the smarter planet. Then a system would be established for allocating "dudes" to each woman, man, and child on the smarter planet. Once each of us uses up our allocation of "dudes", we would have to work out a trade with others who still have some "dudes" in reserve. In the NPR report, they did indicate that certain professions might be able to lobby for a greater distribution of the annual "dudes". For example, surfers could assert that their livelihood would severely impacted by "dude control". Certainly, I think I'm in a good position to plead my case for a higher allocation of "dudes" since it would be hard for me to stay in business as the "uncoolest dude" on the smarter planet without continued, excessive use of "dude". I'll let you know what NPR and the WWDCC have to say about my request for more than my share of "dudes".
On a more serious note, NPR used this "dude emissions" control scenario to set up an interesting report on carbon emissions control. The same "CAP & TRADE" model is one approach that is being seriously considered to start to address the world wide carbon emissions pandemic. Essentially, a "CAP" would be set on the total annual carbon emission for our smarter planet and then every business would receive an allocation of "carbon emissions". Once they reach their limit they would have to trade with others who still have some unused "carbons emissions" before they could release any more carbon. Some economists believe that a "CAP & TRADE" model would be very difficult to implement and manage. These economists recommend a straight tax as a much more effective approach.
What do you think? Should the "dude emissions" control (CAP & TRADE) principle be applied to build a smarter, greener planet? Do you think a straight tax is a better way to go? What other ideas do you have for carbon emissions control and going green?
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Enjoy your weekend and please remember to use your "dudes" wisely!
To enjoy the full NPR report on dude emissions control, listen to this.