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October 06, 2008

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Polly

"disappointment that no commitment is given to increasing the amount of Green Taxes"

I wince each time someone uses the term "Green Taxes" when they mean "Pollution Taxes".
The principle is "let the polluter pay", so we should refer to "Taxes on Pollution" or "Emissions Taxes" or "Grey Taxes".

There should be taxes for polluters and tax incentives for green actions. Hence we should refer to "Grey Taxes and Green Tax Breaks".

Taxes are unpopular, so they have negative associations.
Hence we should link tax and pollution.

Inaccurately referring to pollution taxes as green taxes creates negative connotations for green actions.
Referring to "Green Tax Breaks" conveys the idea that green activity is good and is rewarded.

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