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Unintended and Unethical Climate Policy Consequences

Climate Change Weekly #156 Should governments act now to prevent the possibility of dangerous human-caused climate change, even if the chances for future harm are exceedingly small? Those who say yes often base their answer on the idea of intergenerational equity: Present generations should not impose harms on future generations who will play no role in and have no control over the factors causing the harm. Governments have taken this argument seriously, enacting expensive subsidies for...

The Carbon Diet Fallacy

Climate Change Weekly #155 The worst metaphor to come out of the global warming debate is “the carbon diet.” Originally coined in Oregon in 2000, the metaphor didn’t take off until 2005, when David Gershon wrote a workbook titled Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds. Al Gore, among other alarmists, praised it, and in 2006, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) referenced it upon announcing new greenhouse gas emissions restrictions in California. Schwarzenegger compared Earth...

Low Gas Prices Not an Argument for a Carbon Tax

Climate Change Weekly #154 Almost before consumers began to reap the benefits of lower gasoline prices after a decade of pain at the pump, climate humbugs and their political lackeys started hinting now would be a good time for carbon or gasoline taxes. My response: There is never a good time for bad public policy! Astute political observer Marlo Lewis of the Competitive Enterprise Institute explains the benefits of lower fuel prices and why carbon taxes are both unnecessary and harmful to...

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