Common Tragedies

Thoughts on Environmental Economics

When you live on an island…

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on September 20, 2007

The Guardian’s travel blog presents a survey of Britons who decided to vacation domestically:

…the reasons given rarely include “to save the planet”. In fact, only 1% of the 1,500 respondents gave this as their reason. Much more popular were airport delays (39%), luggage restrictions (27%), driving on the wrong side of the road (11%), foreign food (9%) and fear of flying (7%).

Wow. Luggage restrictions? Driving on the wrong side of road? Clearly the proper incentives are in place to solve all of our climate change problems. Forget a carbon tax, let’s just make it really inconvenient to turn on your toaster oven.

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