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40 days ago.
by slinky
harryanderson
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Thankfully, the anti-science propaganda campaign surrounding man-made climate change seems to have lost some of its effect.

Are you seeing storm clouds on the horizon? Two recent studies suggest that the latest anti-science campaign is following its forerunners--the propaganda campaigns attempting to refute science that tobacco causes cancer, that CFC's caused the hole in the ozone layer, and so on—into oblivion. Global warming denial seems to have climbed to a peak in 2010, and global warming acceptance is now climbing. This bodes well for rational public policy.

 
 

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Kunectdots

"your sides answer to our health care excesses ?"

ANSWER - Marco Rubio. He's in like Flint, Baby.

Posted 185 days ago.

So all whining and bi tching but whats your sides answer to our health care excesses ?

Posted 186 days ago.

RANDOM21

Only when the Government subsidizes the development and implementation and forces competing, proven sources out of the picture, can it happen. Same as Obama care, neither pays without Government manipulation of the markets.

Posted 195 days ago.

harryanderson

Like Inglis and Laffer (who might be considered the architect of conservative supply-side economics) wrote,

"We would clean the air, create wealth and jobs through a new technology boom and drastically improve our national security."

Sounds to me like paying the bills.

Posted 197 days ago.

harryanderson

Green energy is cutting it in America. Solar power, in particular, is coming on line rapidly.

Posted 197 days ago.

RANDOM21

Seven years later and we are still in an economy stagnated by an administration hellbent on destroying the one thing that would help pull us out of the morass we are in. Cheap energy. We couldn't produce enough electricity to power the industry we once had. Replacement power is not available and green renewables just won't cut it. Someday it may be possible but not now. Hope and change doesn't pay the bills.

Posted 197 days ago.

harryanderson

Random21 asks why we should tax carbon and use the revenue to reduce individual and corporate income taxes.

I’ll let Ronald Reagans’s chief economic advisor, Arthur Laffer , and former Republican Congressman Bob Inglis answer that.

According to Inglis and Laffer, reducing income and corporate taxes spurs economic growth. They wrote,

“We need to impose a tax on the thing we want less of (carbon dioxide) and reduce taxes on the things we want more of (income and jobs).”

“Instead of discouraging businesses from hiring more employees, it would discourage business from producing more pollution.”

“We would clean the air, create wealth and jobs through a new technology boom and drastically improve our national security.”

ht tp://ww w.nytimes.co m/2008/12/28/opinion/28inglis.html?_r=0

Posted 197 days ago.

RANDOM21

Government doesn't have a lack of taxes, it has a severe excess spending problem. You can not get out of a hole by digging deeper. And a moment of well deserved silence for the recently departed. It won't last long.

Posted 197 days ago.

RANDOM21

They reduced income tax on people and corporations and offset that with the carbon tax. Why make necessities more expensive for the people who can least afford the increase and reduce income taxes on those that the carbon tax won't effect?

Posted 197 days ago.

harryanderson

That's a good point, Random21. I hadn't considered that. Maybe BC's example can't be directly applied to us, since, as you point out, they're far ahead of us in deploying renewable energy.

A carbon tax would undoubtedly help us catch up.

Posted 197 days ago.

RANDOM21

Why do some people try to correlate what happens in small areas and populations to the vast area and population of the United States? We are unlike any country in the world and their policies will not and cannot work here. BC gets most if not all their electricity from hydro dams on their many rivers. The extra tax on gasoline has caused fuel consumption to lessen mainly due to drivers border shopping and getting fuel in the USA. Looks good on paper but reality raises its nasty head.

Posted 197 days ago.

harryanderson

Now that oil and gas companies see the need to limit GHG emissions, people might begin reducing their carbon emissions.

"The chief executive officers of 10 of the world’s largest oil and gas companies – which together provide almost a fifth of all oil and gas production and supply nearly 10% of the world’s energy – today declared their collective support for an effective climate change agreement to be reached at next month’s 21st session of the United Nations (UN) Conference of Parties to the UN Framework on Climate Change (COP21)."

h ttp://ww w.oilandgasclimateinitiative.co m/news/oil-and-gas-ceos-jointly-declare-action-on-climate-change/

Posted 198 days ago.

harryanderson

Former Bush top economic advisor Greg Mankiw writes, “In 2008, British Columbia introduced a revenue-neutral carbon tax similar to that being proposed for Washington. The results of the policy have been what advocates promised. The use of fossil fuels in British Columbia has fallen compared with the rest of Canada. But economic growth has not suffered.”

Read it again: Economic growth has not suffered.

So more and more conservative Republicans are looking for solutions, and a carbon tax has already been found to be effective.

Posted 205 days ago.

harryanderson

If I may interrupt the childish name-calling, I'd like to point something out.

Conservative economist Greg Mankiw, chair of President Bush's Council of Economic advisors from 2003-2005, and advisor to candidate Mitt Romney from 2006-2012, accepts the conclusions of most climate scientists.

Mankiw wrote, "Sure, there are skeptics about the climate science behind these claims. But science is always a matter of probabilities, not certainties. Even a reasonable skeptic should be willing to embrace modest steps to curb carbon emissions."

Mankiw advocates a carbon tax, with the money raised used to reduce other taxes.

ht tp://ww w.nytimes.co m/2015/09/06/upshot/the-key-role-of-conservatives-in-taxing-carbon.html?_r=0

More and more conservatives are seeing this as a real problem to solve, and not a political/cultural issue. That's good.

Posted 205 days ago.

RANDOM21

Sorry, I'm not a democrat.

Posted 206 days ago.

RANDOM21

The Chihuahua has got a bite of the pant leg and will bark and snarl without letting go and getting on with life. They have been known to starve to death in their pursuit,but they are still just a yapping ankle biter, causing no real harm, never knowing when to shut up and go away.

Posted 207 days ago.

RANDOM21

About what?

Posted 207 days ago.

RANDOM21

About what?

Posted 207 days ago.

RANDOM21

About what?

Posted 207 days ago.

RANDOM21

<b> We need to solve this global warming problem as fast as we can. No amount of money should be spared with borrowing from China a top priority. Shutdown all the plants and coal burning power houses and stop it now. Kill as many babies as the abortion mills can. Reduce the population of older people as they are just burdensome CO2 producers. We can stop it without bothering us just them.

Posted 211 days ago.
 
 
 
 

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