Here is part 7 of my 7 part series:
What can I do, as an individual, to help make the transition to a more sustainable economy?
That is a terrible question to ask an economist because my answer will seem so strange. I don’t think people should go out of their way to live greener, etc., unless this is what they enjoy doing. I expect people to respond to economic incentives and right now we don’t have the right incentives in place to transition to a more sustainable economy. Higher prices for products that generate pollution during the production and consumption process are necessary to get consumers to change behavior in a big way. Instead of spending a bunch of time recycling and buying green-labeled paper towels, consumer-voters should do as much as possible to get a $1 per gallon increase in the gas tax.