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Pollution and Government Policy

Because of the political process, the government may seek to promote the production and consumption of government-sponsored goods. The government may also seek to restrict the production and sale of goods that it considers socially undesirable; these are known as government-inhibited goods.

Answer the following questions in your initial post:
Are you in support of using taxation and regulation to contain the external costs of atmospheric pollution? Are you in support of the subsidies to firms producing government-sponsored clean-energy goods?

Discuss your position.
Participation Requirements: Write your initial post and then respond to at least two other peers' initial posts. In your response, ask questions, share experiences, challenge ideas, and help your peers expand their posts and ideas. Your initial post should be at least 3–4 sentences long. You must submit your initial posts as early in the week as possible. Before the end of the week, respond to at least two of your peers' initial posts.

I am in support of using taxation and regulation to contain the external costs of atmospheric pollution because we all live in this world; we should all contribute to helping make it a better, cleaner place. Not all money can just be poofed into existence to support important decisions such as these.

I am not, however, in support of the subsidies to firms producing government-sponsored clean-energy goods. In my opinion I do not think firms need to receive any type of “support” to produce clean-energy goods. To me, that seems like they are being bribed to do the right thing.
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