Well not directly so as I’m jut kidding, however today’s Wall Street Journal op-ed carries a piece that is absolutely jaw opening. It seems James Hansen, described by the WSJ, as the spiritual father of AGW proponents is going home: his political home that is -the moderate free market wing of the Republican Party (something he always claimed to be the case). Good for him.
Hansen supports a carbon tax lobbing a huge broadside at the big government tax grab that is cap and trade by Washington politicians (and ELSEWHERE)
Hansen’s views about AGW haven’t changed one bit in that he thinks carbon emissions are highly dangerous to earthly life form and would like to see the end carbon of emissions as quickly as possible.
The piece says:
“No, the spiritual leader of the climate-change movement hasn’t recanted. Global warming threatens “not simply the Earth, but the fate of all its species, including humanity,” he writes in his manifesto, which is tame by Mr. Hansen’s normal rhetorical standards. (He likes to compare carbon to the Holocaust: “those coal trains will be death trains — no less gruesome than if they were boxcars headed to crematoria.”
Hansen surprises me in what he is quoted as saying in the opinion piece.
“But Mr. Hansen also had the honesty to follow his convictions to their logical conclusion, while reproaching his followers — President-elect Obama among them — for not doing the same. To wit, Mr. Hansen endorses a straight carbon tax as the only “honest, clear and effective” way to reduce emissions, with the revenues rebated in their entirety to consumers on a per-capita basis. “Not one dime should go to Washington for politicians to pick winners,” he writes.”
“A tax should be called a tax,” Mr. Hansen writes. “The public can understand this and will accept a tax if it is clearly explained and if 100 percent of the money is returned.”
“Beltway sachems prefer posturing that disguises the cost of rising energy prices, such as cap and trade. This “subterfuge,” as Mr. Hansen terms it, shifts the direct burden onto businesses, which then pass it along to consumers. Congress may flatter itself that it is saving mankind, but what the Members really want is a cap-and-trade windfall that they can redistribute in the green pork of Mr. Obama’s “new energy economy,” whatever that means.”
“…..Mr. Hansen also favors a complete phase-out of coal-fired electric power, arguing that it be replaced by advanced nuclear, which could be capable of recycling radioactive waste within a decade. He adds: “It is essential that hardened ‘environmentalists’ not be allowed to delay the R&D on 4th generation nuclear power.” We’d like to see him debate Al Gore on that one.”
If only the GOP begins to use Hansen to help argue the case of introducing an offsetting carbon tax. In fact if only the Liberal party flew him over here and helped argue the same.