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  • ‘We Need an Energy Miracle’ Bill Gates

    11/01/2015 6:39:50 PM PST · by BeauBo · 82 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Nov 2015 | James Bennet
    "On why the free market won’t develop new forms of energy fast enough: ...Without a substantial carbon tax, there’s no incentive for innovators or plant buyers to switch."
  • UN Climate Regime Must Bypass U.S. Congress, French Govt Says

    06/04/2015 10:24:37 AM PDT · by detective · 31 replies
    The New American ^ | June 3, 2015 | Alex Newman
    United Nations and its member regimes must sidestep the U.S. Constitution and the American peoples elected representatives to save the world from global warming, declared French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (shown). Speaking to representatives of African governments and dictators during UN climate talks in Germany on Monday, the Socialist Party foreign policy chief explained that the U.S. Congress would refuse to approve the proposed planetary climate regime. As such, the emerging agreement, set to be finalized in Paris later this year, must be imposed on the United States by the Obama administration and the UN without the consent of...
  • Dr. Carbon: Hes got a Law Degree, a pen and a phone

    09/03/2015 6:16:49 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 9-3-2015 | MOTUS
    The world is filled with frauds; for instance, theres NPRs Dr. Science who, it turns out, is not a doctor and doesnt know very much about science either: Ask Dr. Science is a daily broadcast on many public radio stations, using a format that mixes elements of a commercial bumper and a public service announcement. A concerned citizen asks a question, which is answered by an expert, "Dr. Science." Not surprisingly, the questions are never answered correctly, and are often little more than a launching point for a non sequitur monologue from Dr. Science. The show's motto is "He knows...
  • Transparently Predictable Political Tripwires: Tonight, Carly Fiorina

    08/10/2015 6:05:25 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 38 replies
    The Last Refuge ^ | 8/10/15 | Sundance
    Transparently Predictable Political “Tripwires”.. August 10, 2015 First the good news ! Many people are beginning to have the awakening, the fundamental paradigm shift needed to understand the rather complex construct of the GOPe machine. At the request of many people who are only recently accepting the scope of the ruse, that is the 2016 GOP primary, we are going to begin identifying the “tripwires” before they are crossed, and then highlighting the tripwire WHEN it is crossed. Yesterday we told you of a specific “tripwire” to look for. Today, we share what it looks like moments before it is...

    08/06/2015 2:55:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 5, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama is petty and vengeful. At this point, anything with the words "Green Energy" might as well be read as "Screw the Middle Class". After being shot down by the court, Obama's Green Energy plan has risen from the grave meaner and nastier than ever. First of all it's been retooled to hit Republican states hardest. ... Behind the euphemisms, the Thug-in-Chief is doing his usual petty bit by lashing out at opponents while seeking to punish them. And backed in is a Carbon Tax plan, which will save the planet by enriching a handful of billionaires and rip you...
  • EPA Scrambles To Save Its Global Warming Rule From Defeat

    07/31/2015 1:33:47 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2015 17:16 UTC | Michael Bastasch
    The EPA may be making some major changes to its carbon dioxide emissions regulatory scheme, the details of which have been leaked to the media just days ahead of its expected release date. The EPA will be getting rid of its energy efficiency building block of its Clean Power Plan over legal concerns the agency was overstepping its bounds by controlling how efficiently people used their electricity, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Journal also reported the Clean Power Plan will encourage nuclear power production. An EPA spokeswoman would not confirm the reported changes to the rule as it has...
  • France targets carbon tax in energy transition law (quadruples rate in five years)

    07/27/2015 12:44:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 27 Jul 2015 08:03 | (Journal de lEnvironnement | translated by Samuel White)
    The debate is finally over. After more than a year of national consultations, draft bills and parliamentary discussions, French MPs finally adopted the bill for an Energy Transition for Green Growth on Wednesday 22 July. The substance of this far-reaching bill was subject to significant re-shaping by both houses of the French parliament, as well as the government. [] The adopted bill contains several last minute additions, including a Senate amendment to increase the carbon tax on fossil fuel use to 56 per ton in 2020, a four-fold increase, and 100 in 2030. The trajectory of the carbon tax increase...
  • Chuck Schumer: Carbon tax has a chance if Clinton wins

    06/24/2015 6:28:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | June 23, 2015 | By ELANA SCHOR
    Sen. Chuck Schumer outlined a path Tuesday for Hillary Clinton to enact a carbon tax if the Democrats prevail in the 2016 elections. Schumer said that a Clinton presidency and the return of his party to the Senate majority in 2017 could pave the way for lawmakers to enact a carbon tax to help fund the government. The mere suggestion of a new fee on the emissions blamed for climate change, however, could become a political headache for Clinton and other Democrats, and its routinely dismissed by Republicans. Schumer also vowed that Democrats would successfully defend President Barack Obamas landmark...
  • Senators Rally Conservative Support for $2 Trillion Carbon Fee Bill

    06/19/2015 8:46:02 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6-18-2015 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Whitehouse: "I extend an open hand, or an olive limb, to conservatives everywhere."Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) have proposed a bill that would establish an economy-wide tax on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. My bill sets the fee for a ton of carbon at $45 in 2016, the central range of the social cost of carbon as estimated by OMB, and would increase it each year at a real 2 percent. When emissions fall 80 percent below 2005 levels, the annual adjustment would fall to inflation, Whitehouse said at the American Enterprise Institute when presenting...
  • Cracks appear in the climate change deniers defenses

    06/16/2015 10:02:24 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 51 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2015 | By Katrina vanden Heuvel
    In April 2009, as the political right was finding its voice in the tea party, South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis was making the case for a carbon tax. Im a conservative. I believe in accountability, he said. Global warming is not a matter of belief. Its a matter of facts. He added, We dont want to be a party of deniers. Most of his party disagreed. A year later, Inglis was trounced in a Republican primary, his staunchly conservative record proving insufficient to overcome this heretical deviation. On the surface, it may appear that little has changed in the...
  • The Reason Behind Big Oils Change of Heart on Global Warming

    06/04/2015 5:47:00 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 11 replies
    After years of opposing efforts to fight climate change, Europes biggest oil and gas corporations have made a stunning about-face. Noticeably absent from the corporate push for a carbon price were U.S. oil behemoths Chevron and Exxon Mobil.
  • Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m every minute, says IMF

    05/18/2015 9:09:02 AM PDT · by kingu · 20 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday 18 May 2015 09.30 EDT | Damian Carrington
    Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m every minute of every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF calls the revelation shocking and says the figure is an extremely robust estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the worlds governments. The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas. These include the harm caused...
  • The arguments that convinced a libertarian to support aggressive action onclimate

    05/13/2015 6:05:00 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 46 replies
    vox ^ | 5-12-2015 | David Roberts
    To the casual observer, the American right can appear an undifferentiated wall of denial and obstructionism on climate change, but behind the scenes there are signs of movement. A growing number of conservative leaders and intellectuals have come to terms with climate science and begun casting about for solutions. Led mainly by libertarians and libertarian-leaning economists, they've begun to coalesce behind a carbon tax, which they consider the most market-friendly of the available alternatives. Jerry Taylor, a longtime veteran of the libertarian think tank Cato Institute who recently founded his own libertarian organization, the Niskanen Center, is a vocal proponent...
  • Will the Time Come for Conservatives to be Thankful for Obama? (Thankful for what?...)

    11/03/2013 12:05:28 PM PST · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 3, 2013 | Michael Youssef
    Thats a startling question, to be sure. But its a question that haunted me during my recent visit to Australia. There, political conservatism is experiencing a revival of sorts after six years of socialist wilderness. While in Australia, I kept thinking about a surprising statement made to me by a prominent American conservative leader during the last U.S. election. At that time, he said, I will not support the Republican candidate. In fact, I hope Obama wins. When I couldnt hide my shock, he went on to explain his perspective: eventually the socialist ideology in our country would over-tip its...
  • Arctic Carbon Bomb Theory Falls Flat

    04/09/2015 2:29:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Michael Bastasch
    A new study debunks the theory that melting permafrost in the Arctic region will release a carbon bomb that will cause catastrophic global warming. The data from our teams syntheses dont support the permafrost carbon bomb view, A. David McGuire, a climate scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, said in a statement. News reports have hyped up the study saying melting Arctic permafrost could release lots of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere only adding to worries that global warming will get out of control....
  • Reinventing the carbon tax

    04/07/2015 4:52:02 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/07/2015 | Wyoming State Rep. Norine Kasperik (R)
    Is a recently proposed Department of Interior rule change a classic "bait-and-switch" plan designed to curtail energy production rather than benefit taxpayers? Opponents of fossil fuel development would have you believe a change is necessary. This proposal would undo the current valuation of coal and replace it with a complex system designed to punish coal producers with higher costs and significant uncertainty. It is not about maximizing revenue for taxpayers; it's about cutting off production of federal coal from Wyoming and other states. ADVERTISEMENT The anti-fossil fuel crowd regularly invokes the same tired argument in a failed attempt to prove...
  • Green Fiasco: 92% Of Swiss Voters Reject Carbon Tax In Referendum

    03/09/2015 8:29:41 PM PDT · by Signalman · 23 replies
    WUWT ^ | 3/9/2015 | Anthony Watts
    Swiss voters Sunday overwhelmingly rejected an initiative that would have scrapped the Alpine countrys value-added-tax system and replaced it with a carbon tax. Roughly 92% of voters opposed the initiative while 8% supported the measure. The initiative would have encouraged Swiss households to use renewable energy sources, including solar and wind, which would have been exempt from taxes. The initiative, which was introduced by the Green Liberal Party of Switzerland, was designed to help lower carbon emissions and reduce global warming. A proposal replacing the main consumer tax with a new levy on non-renewable energy has suffered a blistering defeat...
  • Political Science: Heat's on Climate Change Dissidents

    03/01/2015 11:24:49 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    "I am under 'investigation,'" professor Roger Pielke Jr. of the University of Colorado Boulder posted on his blog Wednesday. The top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, sent a letter to university President Bruce Benson that asked the school to provide its financial disclosure policies and information on how they apply to Pielke, as well as any drafts and communications involving Pielke's testimony before Congress between Jan. 1, 2007, and Jan. 31, 2015. In 2013, Grijalva explained, Pielke told the Senate that it is "incorrect to associate the increasing costs of disasters with...
  • Low Oil Prices Pave the Way for New Carbon Taxes

    01/07/2015 1:09:19 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 01/06/15 | Rob Garver
    When prominent members of both political parties talk about the possibility of taxing fossil fuels you know something serious has shifted in U.S. politics. On Monday morning, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers, a largely pro-business Democrat, published a column in The Washington Post calling for the imposition of a carbon tax.
  • The Carbon Tax Has Something for Everyone It would help the economy and reduce pollution.

    12/31/2014 8:47:41 AM PST · by bestintxas · 32 replies
    nas review ^ | 12/29/14 | Irwin Stelzer
    There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. The Bard was right, and it is not too much of an exaggeration to say that we have reached just such a point. We have a unique opportunity to end the rancorous debate about climate change, a debate that is poisoning the air the political air, that is and inhibiting progress on two fronts: progress on addressing the possibility that we are on the road to...
  • A Global Tax? UN Debates Requiring Members to Report GHG Emissions

    12/12/2014 9:46:31 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 12/11/2014 | Cathie Adams
    Will the United Nations wield its unproven claim that greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change to require each of its 193 member nations to measure and report GHG emissions a prerequisite for a global carbon tax? Does it really matter whether next years meeting in Paris produces a treaty, or a soft law document, or both? Todd Stern, head of the American delegation at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Lima, Peru, said the U.S. is perfectly happy to have an assessment process. He said this would produce clear and understandable Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)...
  • Preston Manning, Reforms Judas from the Get-go

    11/29/2014 8:57:15 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/29/14 | Judi McLeod
    Meanwhile, plastic is a million times more useful and durable than the Preston Mannings who get to con the political world. Dont know whether Sun News Media star Ezra Levant would could consider Yours Truly, too far down on the Anybody Important List as a colleague, but because we are two in the tiny handful of news types touting conservative viewpoints, I consider Levant mine. Levant, who used to work as an Assistant, is openly disappointed with former Canadian Reform Party Leader Preston Mannings big switcheroo on global warming/climate change specifically with the Reformer of old now trying to con...
  • Greens Licking Their Lips Over Carbon Tax Revenues

    10/23/2014 8:48:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 10/22/2014 | Institute for Energy Research
    A recent blog post on Sightline, an environmental blog in the Northwest, celebrated the gusher of dependable revenue to Washington State flowing from a steep carbon tax. The post showcases just why a carbon tax is a dangerous policy. As we at IER have been warning for years, the advocates of a carbon tax are fooling themselves if they think it will be calibrated to the optimal level reflecting the negative externality of greenhouse gas emissions. And in this debate the most foolish of all are the handful of vocal conservatives claiming that a new carbon tax will be used...
  • Gore to Stand In at Udall Fundraiser

    10/22/2014 6:22:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
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  • Dont Worry, Its not a Carbon Tax, Its a 100 Percent Returnable Emissions Tax

    10/17/2014 11:43:48 AM PDT · by PROCON · 7 replies
    frontpagemag ^ | Oct. 17, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Whew. Doesnt that sound so much better?Every now and then we get a conservative case for a carbon tax, an idea so terrible that even Australian labor has given up on it. The idea mainly involves finding other names for it. Carbon tax sounds so taxing. How about Carbon net tax benefit? Carbon earned income tax credit? Now were going with 100 Percent Returnable Emissions Tax.
  • In a stunning reversal, the Australian Labor Party bails out on the carbon tax

    10/14/2014 4:26:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | October 11, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    Australian Political Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has today stunned observers by reversing his position on a carbon tax ruling out any future reinstatement of a carbon tax.According to The Sydney Morning Herald; We will not have a carbon tax, the Australian people have spoken and Labor is not going to go back to that, Mr Shorten told reporters in Sydney on Saturday. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/bill-shorten-says-labor-wants-to-tackle-carbon-pollution-but-rules-out-return-of-carbon-tax-20141011-114nmp.htmlDespite turning his back on a carbon tax, the Labor Opposition Leader continues to back the introduction of a market based mechanism for tackling carbon pollution.One of the core platforms of the current Abbott government, which helped...
  • PG&E Global Warming/Carbon Tax Credit on October Bill

    10/02/2014 2:31:23 PM PDT · by bubbacluck · 15 replies
    PG&E Website ^ | 10/2/2014 | PG&E
    You may notice something called a California Climate Credit on your electricity bill. This credit is your share of money from a state program that is fighting climate change. It happens automatically in April/May and October/November for most California homeowners and monthly for most California small businesses and its yours to keep.
  • Scarborough Scoffs at Thomas Friedman's Notion That ISIS Can Be Stopped With a Carbon Tax

    09/08/2014 8:03:41 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Abraham Maslow once suggested that if your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If a carbon tax isn't the only tool on Thomas Friedman's belt, it's perhaps the most prominent one. So sure enough, when Friedman, as per his New York Times column of yesterday, looks at the dual threat to the United States posed by ISIS and Putin, his solution is, you guessed it, a carbon tax, coupled with freeing up US oil exports. Joe Scarborough struggled to stay respectful, but wound up citing Zbigniew Brzezinski's response in a similar situation: "I remember a couple...
  • Mark Udalls Wife Partners with Leonardo DiCaprio to Call for Carbon Tax

    08/28/2014 6:29:14 AM PDT · by lbryce · 33 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Auggust 28, 2014 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Udalls (Colo.) wife called for a carbon tax while appearing in a new anti-oil video produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. People are ready for conversation, says Maggie Fox, Udalls wife and former president of Al Gores Climate Reality Project, in the Green World Rising video, entitled, Carbon. Theyre ready to understand that carbon pollution is causing this challenge and that there is a simple solution: put a price on carbon pollution, she says. DiCaprio is releasing a series of environmentalist videos on climate change, the first focusing on gathering support for a cap and trade system. A...
  • Taxing Carbon in the Name of Climate Change

    08/01/2014 7:42:57 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/01/14 | Ileana Johnson
    The former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin wrote in the Washington Post on July 27, 2014, How ignoring climate change could sink the U.S. economy. Not counting the non-enforced southern border and the hordes of new and lawless Democrat citizens who demand their fair share of the American dream now turned into a welfare nightmare, the national debt is most likely to sink the economy sooner than any other variable and that includes climate change that has been changing for millennia.
  • In private meetings, Jerry Brown encounters a more critical Mexico

    07/31/2014 3:37:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | July 30, 2014 | BY DAVID SIDERS
    Gov. Jerry Brown was about to leave Mexicos capital after four days of talks pressing on the environment, and he wasnt sure, broadly speaking, how his diplomacy might add up. Meetings held out of public view dinner with business magnate Carlos Slim and talks with the poet Homero Aridjis and Cuauhtmoc Crdenas Solrzano, a founder of Mexicos Party of the Democratic Revolution, among others were more critical on any number of issues, Brown said, than was on display at his official functions. Some of the more private guys, Brown said, were not that optimistic that people are interested...
  • Gina McCarthy, EPA: carbon reduction is not about pollution its about money

    07/28/2014 9:20:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | July 28th, 2014 | Joanne
    I dont think Gina McCarthy had thought this through. McCarthy to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: And the great thing about this proposal is it really is an investment opportunity. This is not about pollution control. Its about increased efficiency at our plantsIts about investments in renewables and clean energy. Its about investments in peoples ability to lower their electricity bills by getting good, clean, efficient appliances, homes, rental units, This is an investment strategy that will really not just reduce carbon pollution but will position the United States to continue to grow economically in every state, based...
  • Sure Hope So: Harry Reid Wants to Pass Carbon Tax Bill After Midterms

    07/22/2014 2:34:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 22, 2014 - 6:04 AM | Susan Jones
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was asked Monday if Democrats will move a carbon tax bill after the midterm election. I sure hope so, he told a clean energy conference call. [] A carbon tax bill wont advance unless Democrats retake the House and retain control of the Senate in November. With that goal in mind, President Obama was heading west on Tuesday to raise money for his party.
  • Hard times for Aussie Alarmists (Global Warming ) Flannery begs in new video (for donations)

    07/21/2014 11:39:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    wattsupwiththat.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | by Anthony Watts
    ← A flip-flop on Arctic permafrost thaws – actually a net cooling rather than a warming A conversation with Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. on the Kaya Identity → Hard times for Aussie Alarmists – Flannery begs in new video Posted on July 18, 2014 by Anthony Watts Story submitted by Eric WorrallTim Flannery, one time head of the government Climate Commission in Australia, until it was disbanded by the current government, has released a video begging for donations to “keep science in the news”. A year after raising a million dollars, he now needs more money. Flannery has an impressive track record...
  • Finally! Carbon Tax Gone Australia gets rid of a price on carbon

    07/21/2014 10:39:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    joannenova.com.au ^ | July 17th, 2014 | Joanne
    As of today, Australia no longer has the most expensive carbon price in the world.The voters didnt ask for a tax in 2010, but it was forced on them in 2011. They rejected it wholeheartedly in 2013 but it still has taken months to start unwinding this completely pointless piece of symbolism which aimed to change the weather. The machinery of democracy may be slow, but this is a win for voters.11:15am EST today: The Australian Senate passes the carbon tax repeal bill.Australia has become the first country in the world to abolish a price on carbon, with the Senate...
  • Australia Still has Carbon Taxation

    07/19/2014 6:12:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/19/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    As some conservatives celebrate the repeal of Australia's carbon tax, a dose of caution is warranted: Australia still has carbon taxation on its agenda. This repealed legislation is apparently going to be replaced by the multi-billion dollar "Direct Action" climate change policy that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has long been promoting. Thus, one form of carbon pricing gets replaced by another form of carbon pricing, neither of which is acceptable. Many critical thinkers about climate science got excited over Abbott's public statement that the "science behind climate change was 'crap'"? A little -- more accurately, a lot -- premature that...
  • Australia abolishes divisive carbon tax

    07/17/2014 2:02:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    The Daily Times ^ | 07/17/2014
    Noah Rothman wrote up Quinnipiac’s gubernatorial poll yesterday, prompting me to wonder over at Townhall whether the polling outfit was holding back its Senate numbers for separate release. We now have our answer. A virtual deadlock, and advantage Gardner: The closely-watched U.S. Senate race is tied with 44 percent for U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, the Republican challenger, and 42 percent for Sen. Mark Udall, the Democratic incumbent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Another 10 percent are undecided. This compares to the results of an April 24 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University showing Sen. Udall at...
  • Australia repeals controversial carbon tax

    07/17/2014 5:26:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2014 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY (AP) Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.60) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by the center-left Labor government in July 2012. Conservative lawmakers burst into applause as the final tally was announced. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative coalition government rose to power last year on the promise of getting rid of the tax, assuring...
  • Why Some Penguins Thrive in Climate Change

    07/06/2014 9:39:54 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 23 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 6, 2014 | By MARY GODFREY
    Penguins are on the front line of climate change, as rising global temperatures melt the ice the iconic and lovable creatures call home. Scientists who count the birds are finding that penguins are beginning to feel major impacts from the drastic changes to their habitat. But, perhaps surprisingly, the breeding populations of three brush-tailed species of penguins inhabiting the Western Antarctic Peninsula, where the temperatures are warmest, are not all falling as the ice is quickly melting.
  • Misconceptions helped kill Australian carbon tax (barf alert)

    07/06/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 6, 2014 2:18 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Opponents of the carbon tax implemented in 2012 had the media largely on their side. Electricity prices soarednot mainly because of the tax, but because power companies were spending billions on infrastructure. Most electricity users were compensated for the added cost of the tax, but many of them didnt know that. And rising gas prices fed the furyeven though the tax didnt apply to gasoline. Australias experience illustrates how easy it is to scuttle complicated environmental laws, and serves as a warning to President Barack Obama, whose recent proposal to force a 30 percent cut in power plants carbon...
  • Hank Paulson Wants a Taxpayer Bailout for Manbearpig

    06/23/2014 3:06:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    Hank Paulson (ya know: the guy that managed the financial crises in 2008) had a recent op-ed in the New York Times warning America of the next great crises. According to George W Bushs former Treasury Secretary, climate change is the next sub-prime mortgage disaster. Or something. Writing in the New York Times, Paulson lays out his case:Looking back at the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008, it is easy to see the similarities between the financial crisis and the climate challenge we now face. We are building up excesses (debt in 2008, greenhouse gas emissions that are...
  • Australian PM introduces bill to repeal carbon tax

    06/22/2014 11:34:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2014 1:12 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott reintroduced legislation to the Australian Parliament on Monday that would repeal a carbon tax that the nations worst greenhouse gas polluters have to pay. The opposition center-left Labor Party and minor Greens party used their Senate majority in March to block the bills that would remove the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.79) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by a Labor government in July 2012. The bills were defeated 33 votes to 29.
  • Hey Stupid! They Attack Energy; You Attack a Deserter

    06/05/2014 7:56:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 5, 2014 | John Ransom
    This is how stupid we've become: Does Obama do one stupid thing to cover for the other stupid thing? Does he do the stupid prisoner exchange to make up for the stupid carbon plan? Or is all the stupidity organic? Getting past the fact that none of this makes anybody in United States look very good, I think these are legitimate questions. Because it seems to me that Obama has waved the red meat, and the conservative lions have attacked. The red meat in this case being the exchange of prisoner Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists. CNN...
  • DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz: The Democrat Carbon Tax Is Coming (Video)

    05/16/2014 3:19:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Progressives Today ^ | May 15, 2014 | P.W. Adams
    During a recent visit to Daemen College, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was asked what was needed to break the gridlock in Congress when it comes to fighting Climate Change. Her answer: Elect fewer members of the Tea Party (00:00-00:14) Video below: Reporter: ‘What can we do to get the Congress unstuck and stop denying science?” Wasserman Schultz: “Elect fewer members of the Tea Party. That’s the political answer.” Congresswoman Schultz then proceeded to mock Marco Rubio’s belief that man made Climate Change doesn’t exist and she continued to spread the myth that 97% of scientists believe in...
  • China cites Australia in carbon market baulk [considers environment tax - easier]

    03/15/2014 11:58:06 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    Business Spectator ^ | March 13, 2014
    .................Premier Li Keqiang last week declared war on pollution, which is expected to speed up the process of turning China's limited environmental levy into a full-blown tax targeting the nation's major polluters. But the all-out efforts to combat China's disastrous pollution levels might get in the way of plans to tax carbon dioxide emissions in a bid to stunt the rapid growth of greenhouse gas emissions, Zhu Guangyao, the vice environment minister, said...... A carbon tax is increasingly controversial among lawmakers, said Zhu, adding that an environment tax would be easier to push through without carbon in the mix. The...
  • Climate Scientist: Liberals Will Use Carbon Tax to Make Government Bigger

    03/13/2014 6:36:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 13, 2014 - 1:16 PM | Melanie Hunter
    At a hearing Thursday on the Keystone oil pipeline, James Hansen, former director of NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress that 100 percent of the proceeds from a proposed carbon tax should go to the public, because liberals will try to use part of it to make the government bigger. An important point is that such legislation I think needs to be introduced by conservatives, because Im afraid liberals will try to take part of the money to make the government bigger. Not one dime should go to the government. 100 percent should go to the public,...
  • Question to Obama: Will a Carbon Tax Stop the Next Big Freeze?

    01/07/2014 5:54:31 PM PST · by LD Jackson · 4 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 01/07/14 | Mike Miller
    The Dems have told the big lie on climate change so many times they actually believe the lie. Period! Last November, Obama signed an Executive Order in which he declared: "The impacts of climate change -- including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise -- are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. Just one problem, none of that is true. 2013 was the year which saw the fewest days with temps of 100 degrees...
  • A Carbon Tax on Everything -- Really, Robert?

    11/19/2013 5:21:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/19/2013 | J. Robert Smith
    Is there such a thing as "global warming pragmatism?" Robert J. Samuelson, who writes on economics for the Washington Post, thinks so -- and he's just flat wrong. Samuelson seeks to bridge differences over a polarized and contentious issue: "man-made" global warming. Problem is, Samuelson's bridge is plenty of girders, cables, concrete, and asphalt short of making it to the other shore. Samuelson is much taken with the work of an MIT economist, Robert Pindyck. Pindyck, according to Samuelson is a difference-splitter. Can't say that global warming is overstated, but can't say it's understated. When in doubt, tax -- carbon...
  • IPCC 's Bogus Evidence for Global Warming

    11/13/2013 5:38:53 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 12, 2013 | S. Fred Singer
    The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up by the United Nations in 1988 and has been trying very hard to demonstrate the threat of a dangerous human influence on climate due to the emission of greenhouse gases. This is in line with their Charter, which directs the IPCC to assemble reports in support of the Global Climate Treaty -- the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) of Rio de Janeiro. It is interesting that IPCC "evidence" was based on peer-reviewed publications - but (reluctantly) abandoned only after protracted critiques from outside scientists. E-mails among...
  • EPA Stealthily Propels Toward Massive Power Grab of Private Property Across the U.S.

    11/13/2013 12:02:00 PM PST · by rktman · 43 replies
    PJMedia ^ | 11/12/2013 | Bridget Johnson
    While the country is immersed in Obamacare headlines and a congressional tussle over delays and mandates, the Obama administration is stealthily moving toward unprecedented control over private property under a massive expansion of the Environmental Protection Agencys Clean Water Act authority. The proposed rule, obtained by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee in advance of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthys testimony at a Thursday oversight hearing, widely broadens the definition of waterways over which the federal government has jurisdiction to as little as a water ditch in a backyard. The Clean Water Act redefinition of waters of the United States...