Solar Dividends

How Solar Energy Can Generate a Basic Income For Everyone on Earth

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Pub Date 17 Sep 2019 | Archive Date 01 Oct 2019
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Imagine a world where poverty has been eliminated and global warming has been brought under control.

Imagine this can be done via a single program. Imagine that we can start on this today. That’s the world envisioned by Solar Dividends, which puts forth a bold new plan—use solar energy to pay for unconditional basic incomes for everyone on the planet. The idea is simple: we set up solar panels for each person, sell the electricity the panels generate, and deliver the money as solar dividends to the person as their basic income, for the rest of their life.

This program won’t require tax money because the solar panels pay for themselves through the money they earn by generating electricity. The money won’t run out because the panels are maintained and replaced as needed. And we don’t have to wait for an international treaty because every country receives enough raw solar energy to set up their own program.

Solar energy gives us a new way to pay for basic incomes, and basic incomes give us a new reason to build solar energy. Combining these two big ideas will lift everyone out of economic insecurity, reduce the carbon emissions that drive climate change, and assemble a clean energy system that can sustain us indefinitely into the future—all with one program. Solar Dividends makes clear the practical steps to bring about this positive future.

Imagine a world where poverty has been eliminated and global warming has been brought under control.

Imagine this can be done via a single program. Imagine that we can start on this today. That’s the...


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Advance Praise

"Stayton has a simple, brilliant, and innovative plan for generating universal basic incomes for everyone on the planet. This compelling vision addresses global poverty, income inequality and climate change in a practical way, benefitting all future generations. Solar Dividends is a must-read of positive and enormous dimensions."
-- Jonathan D. Berkey, former Peace Corps Director, Kenya

"Robert Stayton has a wonderful new idea in this book. For years, some visionary people have been promoting a universal basic income, but they have been defeated by the problem of financing: who will pay for it? Stayton has the answer. The sun belongs to us all, and solar energy will pay for it. It is an idea worth very broad consideration."
-- John Isbister, Professor of Economics at Ryerson University

"A thought-provoking idea if ever there was one!"
-- Bill McKibben

"Robert Stayton’s new book makes a compelling argument that a solar revolution can lead to a fairer, more equitable society."
-- Denis Hayes, Founder of Earth Day Network

"Stayton’s proposal is brilliantly straightforward yet thoroughly considered. He argues persuasively for the implementation of a solar-energy-based unconditional basic income for all human beings, showing how such a system can reverse our current headlong descent into social and planetary disaster. This potentially world-changing book must find its way into the hands of activists, community leaders, policymakers, and government officials around the globe—the sooner, the better."
-- Sarah Juniper Rabkin, writer, editor, and retired UC Santa Cruz instructor in environmental studies

"A vital idea that has potential to disrupt the way we imagine providing both energy and decent livelihoods."
-- Dr. Katherine Trebeck, Policy & Knowledge Lead, Wellbeing Economy Alliance

"A highly original two-for-the-price-of-one approach to the funding of a basic income, one that would reduce poverty and help tackle climate change at the same time. A powerful idea that would ensure the gains from solar power are equally shared. It needs to be taken seriously."
-- Stewart Lansley, co-author of “Basic Income for All: From Desirability to Feasibility” and “A Sharing Economy”

"Stayton has a simple, brilliant, and innovative plan for generating universal basic incomes for everyone on the planet. This compelling vision addresses global poverty, income inequality and climate...


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