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 environmental responsibility there are many ways of dealing with it. This is one of the reasons why I don`t believe that the only form to encourage power maintenance 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 brunt,we need to think about 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 salary would keep wasting intensity. Otherwise, this measure wouldn`t change their habit because they care about the environmental collapse, but because people would spend more funds on it. Meanwhile, another process of encouraging energy control would be creating agreements with big companies that rule the waste of efficiency with their not conscious operation. When focusing on agents that have a big impact on consumption, the control would be on a large scale. Moreover, when changing the procedure of acting in a social responsibility procedure, those organizations would influence the society to change habits and start thinking about the long term collapse of not conserving energy. Also, in addition to agreements with big companies,the government could encourage the population of using clean power. One process of doing it would be reducing taxes for products such as solar boards and installation services making it more attractive for the population. Consequently, efficiency management would be disseminated,and even though at first this action would be a capital investment, people would be saving funds after a short period by reducing the price of electricity bills.
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