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The RIPE Roadmap consists of the following steps:
- Select Polluting Energy Sectors to Regulate: Electric, heat, or transportation fuels. (Diesel for farm equipment can be exempted.)
- Choose Regulatory Mechanism & Price for Polluters to Pay: Pollution fee, tax, or cap.
- Distribute Funds to Farmers, Rural Economic Development, Protecting Vulnerable Communities, & Household Rebates. A state will distribute to a combination of: farmers for voluntary sustainable agriculture practices, household rebates, closing the digital divide, rural economic development, & vulnerable communities such as those who live near power plants and coal mines. Prior environmental policies gave the revenue back to polluters, but this policy gives it to other constituents who can benefit from it.
- Select Sustainable Agriculture Services for Rural Investments. Healthy soil, clean water, water conservation, greenhouse gas reduction, or a combination can be some of the eco-system services selected. More information on the qualifying measures is here.