Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He is drafting a “carbon tax” bill that would eliminate the mortgage interest tax deduction if you own a home over 3,000 square feet.

On the Ilyce Glink Show today, listeners had better ideas for getting people to cut down on their energy use:

  1. Tax kilowatt usage rather than the size of someone’s home. Joe called in to say he has a 6,000 square foot house but his energy bill is $139 per month.

  2. Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

  3. Stop drinking bottled water. Use tap water and a Nalgene bottle.

  4. From Len: Give tax credits to homeowners and businesses. Put up solar panels and wind turbines up so everyone can participate.

  5. Reduce the speed limit. What do you think? Should size (of house) matter?

August 26, 2007