Unadulterated one hundred percent pure bullshitYou can read here Hanson's concise, logical, and well informed paper providing stunning confirmation of Donald Trump's contention that:
We are led by very, very stupid people.Human activity affects climate in multiple ways, but chief among these are believed to be those activities that raise the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide; particularly the combustion of fossil fuels, but also the destruction of forests and the manufacture of cement.
So what to do?
Simple: tax carbon emissions. This was obvious when I wrote on the subject18 years ago following Kyoto, among the first great failed UN Conferences on limiting human-caused climate change, and as I explained in a post here the other day.
Briefly, the thing is to tax carbon emissions while imposing a countervailing duty on goods from countries without a carbon tax. The countervail both protects home industry from unfair competition, while providing countries without a carbon tax the incentive to impose one so as to gather for themselves revenue otherwise collected by their trading partners. Moreover, by adjusting the rate, a carbon tax will achieve any desired reduction in carbon emissions at the lowest overall cost to the economy.
That's it, basically, although as Jim Hansen discusses in his paper linked above, there are some refinements to the idea that may be considered. But whatever the form in which it is applied, the carbon tax is an idea so simple that if any country were to announce a commitment to it the idea would be assured of the world's attention and the world's eventual agreement.
The failure of America, Europe and the Asian giants, China and India, to show leadership in the management of the global atmospheric commons, puts Canada, a country already committed in principle to the idea of a carbon tax, in the position to lead the world. Canada should take the opportunity that the otherwise futile Paris conference provides to announce a national carbon tax with a countervailing, across-the-board duty on imports from countries without a comparable tax, thereby establishing an effective mechanism of control over atmospheric carbon dioxide pollution, which, uncontrolled, will likely have catastrophic effects not only on climate, but on both global biodiversity and human cognitive capacity.
Justin Trudeau just announced on the CBC radio that he will be doing something or other in three months time after meeting with the Provincial Premiers. Well, OK, we'll give you three months, Justin, to sort something out with the Provinces. But don't miss this splendid opportunity (when both British Columbia and Alberta, Canada's biggest carbon emitters, already have a carbon tax) to establish a national carbon tax and end thetiresome debate concerning about carbon dioxide and climate change.
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