Haven't you noticed that America's infrastructure is crumbling? Now why is that?
Giving more tax income for the government is no better than giving a crackhead more money. It has been a long time since the US government has made effective use of its money. Besides - all tax revenue is barely enough to cover the INTEREST on the deficit (even at these low low rates) - let alone the deficit. A few hundred million here or there will make zero difference to the ocean of pork.
one that does not rely on centralized servers.
They all say that. Bittorrent. Bitcoin. Etc. And yet somehow, there is always a key - some centralized process somewhere that is the Achilles' heel. Why? Because if I am going to start using that service when I boot up or when I log in for the first time - my computer needs to know where to find the info to check in and start looking for the network. Just like DRM will never, ever work, "decentralized" systems will never, ever work. If I can find it, the enemy/feds/hackers can find it and take it out. So instead of decentralized you could say highly obfuscated. But there will be a common thread. There has to be.
Those utilities are not envisioning the fact that all that power savings that is "eating into their profits" today is energy they can sell to tomorrow's customers. Why? Because populations grow over time, and they grow quite quickly. Instead of bitching about the paper loss they think they are seeing, they should be celebrating the fact that they don't have to build more power-plants and infrastructure for 10-20 years and will be able to serve a much larger base with the same infrastructure. So that 2% increase to the electric bill they apply for in 2024 will mean much, much more actual revenue for them - for exactly the same fixed cost.
But no. Greed. Let's bilk people today because they dare try to do something to save money and stretch current resources by diminishing consumption.