Published: Tuesday, July 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
I sympathize but there are some problems with this proposal. If the carbon tax
is levied at the mine head or well head, that will raise the price of carbon
fuels. But then if the tax is returned to customers they will use those
revenues to continue buying such fuels, right? Moreover, the carbon tariff will
raise prices at a time when the middle class is suffering.Moreover
in the current political climate this proposal can go nowhere.Also,
it attempts to game the market to do the right thing. The market cannot handle
climate change. There needs to be declared a humankind emergency to coordinate
internationally the advancement of solar energy recovery. I know, I know, this
can't go anywhere either in the current political climate, nationally and
globally. But a few more big events like a couple of "typhoons of the
century," big Sandy-sized hurricanes in New England, or the drying up
reservoirs like Lake Mead or Lake Powell will convince people that something is
really going on - then we will get action.This involves losing
precious time, but it's the only way things are going to change.
The author misses some very important facts! Carbon taxes will be passed on to
consumers which will harm poor people the most by increasing costs of food and
energy (and everything else) while doing NOTHING for the environment!
Productivity produces prosperity! A carbon tax will guarantee a destruction of
productivity and increase poverty! If low productivity produced prosperity,
every 3rd world country in the world would be prosperous, but they are not and
the reason they are not is that they are not productive! A carbon tax will do
nothing but destroy productivity, period!
@Dave FollandWhen you begin with unproven presumptions, your
conclusion is virtually guaranteed to be wrong. This article does, and is.
The devastation is already upon us in the West. We are draining our ancient
aquifers. Every single drop of the Colorado River watershed is pumped out. We
have created a greenhouse over our heads, and still our Republican leaders grin
blissfully and push for even more development. The carbon tax is the right thing
to do, but it is too little too late in the face of self-destructive ignorance.
Denmark basically does this and the first two comments miss the key part of how
this works. The tax that gets passed on to consumers does not hit all consumers
equally. Those who use more energy pay more in those taxes and those who use
less will pay less. However, when it gets returned as a tax credit everyone gets
the same amount back so those who use less energy get more back then they put
in. That's the incentive to use less.
@ Nate: What unproven assumptions? Where and how does this editorial go wrong?
"May and June were the hottest months ever recorded."More
accurate satellite data (RSS/UAH) show that these months aren't even
hottest of the last decade.Moreover, NOAA has been systematically
making adjustments to the thermometer temperature records. The hottest
temperatures for the US were in the decade of the 1930's. The adjustments
have "cooled" the 30s to make present temperatures appear as record
warmth. Google: "NOAA temperature adjustments" to see for yourselves.
@chillyIt was ranked 3rd warmest for NASA and 4th warmest for RSS and UAH.
The differences are hundredths of a degree between the 1st and 5th warmest years
so it's fairly normal for them to be a few spots different in rankings
since there are some differences in methodology for handling things like the
more sparsely sampled Arctic. I would note that of the 5 datasets (NOAA, NASA,
CRU, RSS, UAH) the one with the fastest warming trend in the satellite era is
RSS and the one with the slowest warming trend in the satellite era is UAH. All
those "less accurate" datasets are in between the satellite ones,
suggesting that they seem to be doing a decent job of it. "The
hottest temperatures for the US were in the decade of the 1930's. The
adjustments have "cooled" the 30s to make present temperatures appear as
record warmth."Actually their most recent adjustment warmed the
earlier years. NOAA currently says that July 1936 is the warmest month on record
for the U.S. 2012 is the warmest year for the U.S. (look up "NOAA National
Doctor Folland,I have but one basic question. Why should the carbon
fee be collected in the first place (which will initially come from the folks
because of higher energy costs imposed by the producers), then, turned around
and given back to the folks?What is the value-added?
Though "warmed the earlier years" isn't quite right, the net effect
bumped up the summers in earlier years and lowered the winters in earlier years
(the annual numbers don't really change much). The adjustments largely stem
from the matter of how to best deal with the matter of changing numbers of
stations and interpolating the space in between stations. From the NOAA national
temperature index page you can see that adjustment in ClimDiv compared to the
older USHCN method.
Problem with Carbon Tax is that the biggest polluters will buy carbon credits
and be exempt. Also, this tax won't be going to the Government but this
cults leader Al Gore.
Finding trustworthy (not politicized) information is difficult with the flood of
money from the libertarian/fossil fuel complex. There is overwhelming consensus
that: "Though warming has not been uniform across the planet, the upward
trend in the globally averaged temperature shows that more areas are warming
than cooling. From 1880 to 2012, the globally averaged surface temperature rose
by 0.85° C (1.5°F). The rate of temperature increase has risen as
well. For the last 50 years, global temperature rose at an average rate of about
0.13°C (around one-quarter degree Fahrenheit) per decade-almost twice as
fast as the 0.07°C per decade increase observed over the previous
half-century. In the next 20 years, scientists project that global average
temperature will rise by around 0.2°C (about one-third of a degree
Fahrenheit) per decade."
My favorite comment is the one about how this plan is all a conspiracy
spearheaded by Al Gore. So true. The Goreluminati. Climate scientists are
actually clones of Al Gore who have been programmed to write science papers
culminating in the destruction of the American way of life. The only way we can
fight this is for all of us to start "rolling coal." I just modified my
Toyota Corolla to do just that.
Frozen Fractals: "Actually their most recent adjustment warmed the earlier
years. NOAA currently says that July 1936 is the warmest month on
record..."Conveniently, they changed it back after virtually
every media outlet in the U.S. had run stories on "HOTTEST MONTH ON
RECORD". How many of these retracted the story or even mentioned the
re-adjustment? Certainly, alarmists like David Folland never got the word.The truth is that current temperatures are about the same as the 1930s.
This after a significant increase in atmospheric CO2. We've conducted,
accidently, the experiment of large scale planetary CO2 addition with little, if
any, temperature change. Natural forces clearly dominate earth's climate
and we have not yet figured out how it works.
@chilly"The truth is that current temperatures are about the same as
the 1930s. "That's not true. Globally they aren't even
close (none of the 1930s are in the top 30 warmest years, 1934 is barely in the
top 50). If you look at a fraction of the world (contiguous US) in a
very anomalous pattern (Dust Bowl years) there's a few short spans similar.
However, the warmest year for the US was 2012 (+2.46F). 2nd was 1998 (+1.43F).
3rd was 2006 (+1.41F). 4th indeed is 1934 (+1.28F). Obviously 2012 shattered
the record. 1931 is in 10th place, that's 2 years from the
1930s that are in the top 10 for the contiguous US. 7 of the other 8 are from
1998 onward. The coolest year for the contiguous U.S. that starts with 20-- is
2008 which still beat out 5 of the years from the 1930s including 1936. Interestingly, while 1936 has the warmest month on record for the
contiguous US (that July) it also has the coldest February on record (10.17F
below the 1981-2010 mean). It was the 47th warmest year.
Everybody should read the National Climate Assessment, available on the NOAA
Anyone who believes that imposing yet another tax on everyone and giving it to a
bunch of bureaucrats (who will decide policy about how all that "new
money" will be distributed) will solve this problem is living in fairy-tale
land.This money, like a lot of other tax money, will be largely
wasted and distributed to a bunch of well-connected people (i.e.
"friends" of elected officials). As more and more of them become
addicted to this new found wealth, the carbon tax will grow and grow.Just like the income tax which was imposed on a small percentage of Americans
initially (the most wealthy), this tax will grow until we all have to fill out a
10 page "carbon return" at the end of the year to assess our carbon tax
and claim our carbon credits. We will have to keep track of every time we lit a
candle or mowed the lawn.
Re: "Are you getting weary of hearing the bad news related to global
warming?"No. Not at all. There's been precious little,
anyway.What I am getting weary of is tree-hugging, leftist
economists trying to me sell snake oil. Like the biggest lunacy of all -- we can
somehow tax our way to prosperity.It's just not possible. It
defies, not just the laws of economics, but the laws of physics, as well.Regardless of what leftist economists say, real people know there's
no such thing as a perpetual motion machine. We know there's no cold
fusion.And, we know there's no such thing as a free lunch.
Also read the EPA report "Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Food
Supply." This is scary stuff. Even the Deseret News is going
to have to stake out a position on climate change.
Re: ". . .read the EPA report 'Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Food
Supply.' This is scary stuff."Scary? Hmmmmm. I wonder of we
read the same article -- "Increases in temperature and carbon dioxide (CO2)
can be beneficial for some crops in some places. But to realize these benefits,
nutrient levels, soil moisture, water availability, and other conditions must
also be met."If you're scared by assertions that successful
agriculture must adapt to weather changes, long or short-term, that probably
just means you haven't been deeply involved in agriculture.That's been the heart of agriculture for millennia.
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