Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: the only effective way for the government to encourage energy conservation is to increase the price of gasoline and electricity.

When we are discussing about environment responsibility there are many ways of dealing with it. This is one of the reasons why I don’t believe that the only way to encourage energy conservation is to increase the price of gasoline and electricity. The first thing to consider is that this is a global problem and the world’s population will need to get conscious and change habits that are usual but not sustainable. Besides, as a long term impact we need to think in changes that will pursuit as time goes. Although people do care more about measures that will affect them financially, it wouldn’t impact everybody, because those who have money would keep wasting energy. Otherwise, this measure wouldn’t change their habit because they care about the environment impact, but because people would spend more money with it. Meanwhile, another way of encouraging energy conservation would be creating agreements with big companies that rule the waste of energy with their not conscious operations. When focusing in agents that have big impact on consumption, the conservation would be in large scale. Moreover, when changing the way of acting in a social responsibility way, those organizations would influence the society to change habits and start thinking about the long term impact of not conserving energy. Also, in addition of agreements with big companies, the government could encourage the population of choosing clean energy. One way of doing it would be reducing taxes for products such as solar boards and installation services making it more attractive for the population. Consequently, energy conservation would be disseminated and even thought at first this action would be a money investment, people would be saving money after a short period by reducing the price of electricity bills.
Submitted by Andrea deVasconcelos on
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