With the Green Tax Shift and Green Subsidy Shift, reform the flow of public revenue. End subsidies, especially the destructive ones such as to agribusiness and the rest of corporate welfare. Shift taxes off wages, useful enterprises, and buildings, and onto pollution, extraction, and locations respectively. Note that the Property Tax Shift -- off improvements, onto land -- always drives efficient land use. Compact cities are what cut demand for energy and release minimal pollutants; it has worked wherever tried. With surplus public revenue -- it's there; each year Americans spend trillions for nature and privileges -- pay citizens a dividend. Reward everyone for stewardship. The dividend is fatter where land is spendy, and land is more valuable where it's in best health. So you get everyone pulling on the same end of the rope, align various values of prosperity and conservation.
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