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Monday, October 17, 2011

NY Times Lament: Where's the Global Warming Tax?

Ours is the only country on the planet that now chooses to ignore the "solidifying" science that drives the global warming debate.

So says New York Times contributor Elisabeth Rosenthal.  See "Where Did Global Warming Go?".

And how did she decide that?

Because many other countries have raised taxes.

Say what?

Higher taxes reduce global warming?

In the eyes of those who believe government can resolve issues like this, YES.

This fading of global warming from the political agenda is a mostly American phenomenon. True, public enthusiasm for legislation to tackle climate change has flagged somewhat throughout the developed world since the recession of 2008. Nonetheless, in many other countries, legislation to control emissions has rolled out apace. Just last Wednesday, Australia’s House of Representatives passed a carbon tax, which is expected to easily clear the country’s Senate. Europe’s six-year-old carbon emissions trading system [which involves, depending on the circumstances, a hefty tax] continues its yearly expansion. In 2010, India passed a carbon tax on coal. Even China’s newest five-year plan contains a limited pilot cap-and-trade [i.e., cap-and-tax] system, under which polluters pay for excess pollution.
Why would governments around the world raise taxes to do that which experts have told them won't do what they intend? Because they can. And because they want to.

It has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with governments starving for cash and seeing a way to replenish coffers.

The U.S., to its credit, has chosen - with a whole lot of public insistence - to not play that game.

Here's to the USA.