May 13, 2014

Quote: “Why don’t we?”

A slight modification of Jeff Leigh’s quote, in response to The ‘war’ in global warming:

Those who deny any reason to act will talk just about the cost of doing something without acknowledging the cost of doing nothing.

But then the denialists have a problem: they have a stake in nothing.  That is, they cannot acknowledge actual (not theoretical) change in the environment consistent with the predictions of climate-change science that are of such a magnitude as to be, well, undeniable.  It is the reverse problem of those who warn about climate change: unless there is demonstrable change in the environment, the warnings are for naught.

That too is what makes the news on the West Antarctica ice shelf so disturbing: it is not a prediction of a future event, it is a report on actual observations, extrapolated into an intimidating future.

Just as carbon, based on measurements, can be extrapolated into the past:

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  1. Demand has to be curbed by pricing. For example: raise gasoline prices by $2 over 10 years, 20 cents a year, and implement road tolls for trucks and cars on key roads so we can maintain those roads, tunnels and bridges and invest in public transit where warranted.

    This would result in far more fuel efficient car use, somewhat less cars overall and less congested cities, incl. less diesel buses. Diesel buses are not exactly “sustainable” transportation !

    Taxes overall have to be lowered as many climate change skeptics like me are very suspicious of big government and their ever increasing tax grab, such as taxes on energy. Then we have cash for investments in alternative energies with less emissions. So, lower civil servants’ salaries by 30% (to accommodate for their far higher benefits and pensions and low risk of layoffs) and lower income taxes by perhaps 10% to make the increased gasoline taxes revenue neutral.

    Raise GST to 10%, from 5%, over 5 years, so we also tax imports far more than today and then lower income taxes again by another 5-8%. i.e. tax consumption, not wages. Then we’d consume less and recycle more. We import far too much crap, and all that crap, especially from coal burning industries like China, costs energy to produce and dirty emissions.

    Eliminate all corporate subsidies. Slim down governments on all levels by about 20-25%. More tax savings here. More money to make energy more expensive and thus, less of it.

    You get the point: a serious reform of not only energy taxation but also government size has to go hand in hand. Then you get buy-in from the right and the left, from the wealth creators and the less wealthy ! Otherwise not much will happen, or we end up in debt like Europeans or now Ontario if you just make energy expensive, thus destroy jobs and raise public sector size. Not a model to follow !

    1. …. or you could keep implementing tax shifts like BC has already done.

      The wheel has been invented, folks. We just need to use it.

      1. What wheel ? There are so many. Why not describe it to us in a bit more depth so we can debate its pro’s and con’s ?