As I have a range of the possible emissions based on the range of efficiency from 50% to 57%, I am able to model how expensive the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions will be for the tax payers who live in California. Why is it a cost to the tax payers in California? That is because the State of California and the Federal government are heavily subsidizing the Bloom Box with tax credits and rapid depreciation schedules. EBAY, Google and other Bloom Box customers pay less income tax by applying the tax credits and rapid depreciation against their profits. My model is a comparison of the Bloom Box against a Caterpillar Natural Gas Engine Generator of the same output. The owner of the Gas Engine Generator is not given investment tax credits and does not have as large a depreciation shield as the Gas Engine Generator only costs one tenth that of the Bloom Box. With assumption that the Bloom Box will cost $10,000 per kilowatt of installed power compared with $1,000 for the Gas Engine Generator, I have calculated that in total over five years the combined State of California and US Government subsidy of the Bloom Box equates to $2,194 per ton of reduced carbon dioxide if the Bloom Box is 50% efficient and $1,234 per ton of reduced carbon dioxide if the Bloom Box is 57% efficient.
In both cases these are massive subsidies and are a real waste of tax payers’ money. Actually in the case of California that unlike the US Government cannot print money, the give away is simply taking away funds that could well be used for the education of our children. Of course Alfalfa helped steer the subsidies on the Bloom Box and was ably assisted by the Jolly Green Giant Governator.
If the government really wanted to lower carbon emissions at a cost of $2,194 per ton of avoided carbon dioxide they can send me $6,582 a year as I saved 3 tons of carbon emissions by vanpooling. Of course I will never see this money as Alfalfa did not invest in my van and I don’t have Colin Powell as a member of the board. Remember the old TV ads that asked "Coffee, Tea or a flick of my BIC?" Well mad tax payers can have Coffee Parties, Tea Parties. or BIC Parties. BIC Parties are the most extravagant as BIC stands for Bloom Is Collecting. Problem is they are collecting your dough and all you will get served is shortbread.