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Posted by Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds on April 7, 2011, 10:00 pm

I can see you point, but it misses some context. If that rich SOB down the
street runs all of his incandescent lights continuously because he can afford
it, it generally doesn't affect me. However, and this is just to take the
example to an extreme, if his use of electricity becomes the tipping point
causing the utility to install/build more capacity in the form of generation or
infrastructure, I end up paying for this "marginal" cost. So it becomes in my
best interest to have my utility subsidize his purchase of CFLs. Once again,
this is just an extreme analogy. (bottom line is that when the electrical rates
go up, consumption generally goes down for a while at least therefore negating
the need for future plants.)

Posted by vaughn on April 7, 2011, 10:51 pm

No man is an island.  There are externalities to virtually everything we do,
especially everything we consume.  For example, we all have to breathe the air
pollution that your power plant spews in the process of generating your power.
Another example:  The guy who drives the gas guzzler, or otherwise wastes
energy,  is hurting not only his own pocketbook, but is helping bid up the price
of energy for everyone.

The world isn't a simple place.  Avoid listening to the political ideas of
anyone who thinks it is.


Except the fellow in your example probably hates CFLs and has cases of
incandescent lamps hoarded down in his basement against the day they are taken
off the market.  Like I said, the world isn't a simple place.


Posted by Malcom \"Mal\" Reynolds on April 7, 2011, 11:37 pm

Of course that's the advantage of tiered pricing

Posted by Melodie de l'Epine on April 14, 2011, 10:00 am
 Le 07/04/11 15:34, Peter Franks a crit :

Well, I use force to put my recalcitant 3 year old to bed because I KNOW =

that 11pm is to late for her bed time.


Posted by Peter Franks on April 14, 2011, 2:06 pm
 On 4/14/2011 3:00 AM, Melodie de l'Epine wrote:

And who forces you to bed?

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