Tax presentations at today's 20th Global Conference on Environmental Taxation in Cyprus, Greece:
Mona Hymel (Arizona), Suffocation: Supported by the U.S. Federal Government:
Most of us have experienced riding an elevator with strangers. Many of us have experienced the slightly uncomfortable feeling as strangers continue entering the elevator until it is full or maybe even touching strangers as the elevator fills. People vary worldwide in the amount of private space they are accustomed to enjoying. In other words, how many people have to get onto the elevator with you before you feel physically uncomfortable? Assume that so many strangers crowd on to the elevator that, as clean air in the elevator runs out, they will all suffocate to death. The elevator story provides a simple picture of humanity’s ultimate demise. This article discusses the situation of the strangers; a growing population. The article explains the most serious contributors to the increasing number of strangers: (1) existing government pronatalist policies; (2) the ugly secrets of immigration; (3) artificial intelligence dramatically reduces the need for humans; and (4) the impacts of worldwide growth.
Like the elevator, the impact of population on Earth’s wellbeing is nothing more than a scientific equation – Carry Capacity. For an elevator, consider the size of the elevator; any life sustaining resources available; the number of people supported by the elevator; and its resources before they begin to suffocate or starve to death. Fortunately, Earth has abundant space and resources. But we know that space, resources, and the population are all in critical condition. Scientists estimate that the Earth’s carrying capacity is reaching its limits. Moreover, increasing immigration and the significant increase in sourcing jobs to AI could result in the overall carrying capacity of the earth to decline. Yet, the United States operates on a growth model that can no longer be sustained. “Growing the U.S. economy” must be replaced. As population continues to grow and resources decline (jobs taken by AI), carrying capacity must be adjusted to avoid world tragedy. The elevator is full!
By analyzing U.S. Federal tax policy, the article suggests changes and additional work to be done. For example, the U.S. tax law contains conflicting tax provisions both encouraging and discouraging population growth. This article discusses how population growth negatively impacts the environment; the U.S. policies on population as subsidized through the tax system; and alternative tax policies to mitigate U.S. population growth and repeal of existing pronatal policies.
Tracey M. Roberts, (Samford University), Stranded Assets and Competitive Pricing for Regulated Utilities: A Federal Tax Solution:
September 27, 2019 in Conferences, Scholarship, Tax, Tax Conferences, Tax Scholarship | Permalink
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