CAP-AND-TRADE 2.0….In the LA Times today, Patt Morrison has a story idea for Charlie Stross:
If Philip K. Dick, the man who inspired “Blade Runner,” were alive, he would be scribbling dystopian environmental novels in which every newborn child is assigned a lifetime carbon debit card — like wartime ration cards. You only get to use so much plastic, or burn so much wood or eat so much imported food (how much fossil fuel does it take to get that bottle of Euro-water to Santa Monica?) before you use up your carbon points and you’re out of the game. Dick’s characters wouldn’t be stock traders, they’d be carbon traders, blackmailing starving Sudanese villagers online for their carbon points in exchange for rice and water.
But will my cats get ration cards too?