Skip to comments.Want a Pro-Growth Pro-Environment Plan? Economists Agree: Tax Carbon.
Posted on 02/08/2013 6:07:57 AM PST by Sir Napsalot
In his recent inaugural address, President Obama promised that we will respond to the threat of climate change, ..... But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet When pressed on the specifics of what the president means to do on climate, his spokesperson replied: We have not proposed and have no intention of proposing a carbon tax.
The president has a problem, and hes not alone. Many policymakers who are compelled by the consensus of scientists on the risk of global climate disruption seem willfully oblivious to the peer-reviewed economic research on what to do about it. Indeed, they completely ignore the remarkable consensus of economists a group that often isnt unanimous on important policy options, ..... In this case, though, economists nearly universally agree that, while basic energy research and development remain an important role of government, a price on carbon would minimize the cost of steering economic activity away from the greenhouse gas emissions that threaten the climate. .....
In fact, in a survey of about 40 prominent economists from across the profession, 90% agreed with this statement: A tax on the carbon content of fuels would be a less expensive way to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions than would a collection of policies such as corporate average fuel economy requirements for automobiles. When weighted by the level confidence the respondents had in their answers, the agreement rose to 95%.
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we have passed the age of steel.
We are in the age of carbon composits.
This is like taxing each steel girder or ingot.
(think mob tax)
This is just a way to create a new currency based on creation. A property tax.
The next step will be a thought tax.
Remember those 3d printers? This is a way to tax the raw material since they can’t trace objects.
Never mind that even the conspirators in the “climategate” scandals agree that there has been no “statistically significant warming” in the last 16 years. Never mind that every disaster predicting computer model based on the assumption that increasing CO2 are increasing world wide temperatures has been shown to be wildly inaccurate. It doesn't matter because further increasing the price of energy through taxation will be good for us all.
I think that they are overplaying their hand. Our power company gives us a graph of our energy usage for the past year along with information on the average temperature for the previous month as compared to the corresponding month a year ago. In our area this data shows that over the past decade our average temperatures have been declining. That is because the data that the power company is using has not been skewed by “scientists” working for government agencies with an agenda. The same is true in most parts of the country.
Temperatures 80 years ago were warmer than they are today. Since that time we had a cyclic decline in temperatures and then an increase, then another decline, another increase and then a leveling off or decline depending on where you live for the past decade or so.
Most of the “warming” shock headlines originating from government agencies have been manufactured by manipulating data from both recent and earlier times. When they get called on it... they issue a partial retraction which is almost never reported in the major media. People are starting to pick up on this; when you mix in articles like this one which show the true motivation behind it... it is going to seriously erode people's confidence in what they are being told.
The climate is cyclic and it is likely we will see a continuation of the warming trend that started at the end of the little ice age a couple of hundred years ago. But I cringe at graphs produced using manipulated data that make it appear that we have had warming outside of normal natural variation. You would think that just the fact that the average rate of rise in the sea level has not changed in hundreds of years would be enough to convince most sober minds that we have yet to see anything out of the ordinary.
The carbon tax is nothing but a VAT tax structure. Given who is pushing this gives me no comfort on their assurances that it will be good, experience tells us it just the opposite. Given how this will permeate through every sector of the economy and at multiple levels within each sector, the potential of absolute disaster is a given. Noting that the people who push this are all about control or are completely incompetent, disaster is assured.
My son is a business major. We talked about fixing the economy. He had two suggestions.
1. Scrap Obamacare.
2. Reduce corporate taxes to zero for those companies that produce materials made only in the USA.
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