cap and trade


By Bjorn Lomborg

“Gore and others often argue that if the science of climate change concludes that CO2 emissions are harmful, it follows that we should stop those harmful emissions, and that we are morally obliged to do so. But this misses half the story.”

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Bjorn Lomborg

DISCUSSIONS about global warming are marked by an increasing desire to stamp out “impure” thinking, to the point of questioning the value of democratic debate. But shutting down discussion simply means the disappearance of reason from public policy.

In March, Al Gore’s science adviser and prominent climate researcher Jim Hansen proclaimed that when it comes to dealing with global warming, the “democratic process isn’t working”. Although science has demonstrated that CO2 from fossil fuels is heating the planet, politicians are unwilling to follow his advice and stop building coal-fired power plants.

Hansen argues that “the first action that people should take is to use the democratic process. What is frustrating people, me included, is that democratic action affects elections, but what we get then from political leaders is greenwash.”

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By John M. Broder, nytimes.com

The problem with global warming, some environmentalists believe, is “global warming.”

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The term turns people off, fostering images of shaggy-haired liberals, economic sacrifice and complex scientific disputes, according to extensive polling and focus group sessions conducted by ecoAmerica, a nonprofit environmental marketing and messaging firm in Washington.

Instead of grim warnings about global warming, the firm advises, talk about “our deteriorating atmosphere.” Drop discussions of carbon dioxide and bring up “moving away from the dirty fuels of the past.” Don’t confuse people with cap and trade; use terms like “cap and cash back” or “pollution reduction refund.””

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Humanity will keep spewing carbon into the atmosphere, but good policy can help sink it back into the earth.

by Peter W. Huber, City Journal

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“Like medieval priests, today’s carbon brokers will sell you an indulgence that forgives your carbon sins. It will run you about $500 for 5 tons of forgiveness—about how much the typical American needs every year. Or about $2,000 a year for a typical four-person household. Your broker will spend the money on such things as reducing methane emissions from hog farms in Brazil.

But if you really want to make a difference, you must send a check large enough to forgive the carbon emitted by four poor Brazilian households, too—because they’re not going to do it themselves. To cover all five households, then, send $4,000. And you probably forgot to send in a check last year, and you might forget again in the future, so you’d best make it an even $40,000, to take care of a decade right now. If you decline to write your own check while insisting that to save the world we must ditch the carbon, you are just burdening your already sooty soul with another ton of self-righteous hypocrisy. And you can’t possibly afford what it will cost to forgive that.”

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by William Yeatman, globalwarming.org

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“Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Cal) and Edward Markey (D-Mass) today unveiled the Clean Energy and Security Act, a massive bill that incorporates virtually every lame-brained global warming policy ever considered by Congress (and then some)…”

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By Mr Pink Eyes, AmericasWatchtower.com

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President Obama is aggressively pushing his cap and trade policy, this is going to be his next big agenda item. Under the president’s plan taxes will go up as will the cost of energy. And these taxes will be raised on everybody.

According to a new study released by the Tax Foundation, Obama’s plan will unfairly tax the working families and lower class in America. But the tax burden won’t just fall on the working families, it will also fall on the young, the old, and the single parents.

The average tax burden will be over $1,200 a year, during a time of recession Obama is planning on taking away more of our money through this scam. Look at the groups that will be most hurt by his policies, the old and single parents, these are the people who need the money the most and Obama is going to take it away from them. $1,2oo is allot of money to a woman who has to buy diapers and baby formula and $1,200 is allot of money to an older couple who has to heat their home in the winter.

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by Tom LoBianco, The Washington Times

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“President Obama’s climate plan could cost industry close to $2 trillion, nearly three times the White House’s initial estimate of the so-called “cap-and-trade” legislation, according to Senate staffers who were briefed by the White House.

A top economic aide to Mr. Obama told a group of Senate staffers last month that the president’s climate-change plan would surely raise more than the $646 billion over eight years the White House had estimated publicly, according to multiple a number of staffers who attended the briefing Feb. 26.”

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