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September 2, 2013

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Lukewarmers

 

 

Center of the consensus

 

 

 

Catastrophists

 

Climatosphere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skeptics

 

 

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Luke warm

September 1, 2013

Luke warm

April 25, 2013

The proposition here is that there is a highly politicized debate about climate change, highly influenced and possibly predetermined by cultural and ideological values.

 

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The carbon tax pipedream

March 17, 2013

My opposition to a carbon tax is not just that is currently politically unlikely, but that it is ultimately ineffective. A revenue neutral carbon tax is even more so. The purpose of a carbon tax is either to influence behavior or provide funds for alternative deployment /innovation. A revenue neutral tax does neither. Emitters pass the cost of the tax onto consumers and the consumers’ costs are offset through whatever credits and deductions are used to achieve neutrality. So there is no real incentive for behavioral change and no extra funds available for deployment /innovation.

A Social Process for Energy Transformation

March 10, 2013

The social process’s fundamental advantage is the ability to achieve instant success within it. The political process requires political majorities and faith in the constancy of politicians and bureaucracies. The social process requires only that individual members of society act with a shared purpose and faith in themselves. Markets and trade are an important part of the social process, as are NGOs, associations and charitable organizations.

Market imperfections are a feature, not a bug. They present opportunity, not impediment. They can only be effectively and efficiently perfected by genuine market activity. Taxation yields only the illusion of a market solution.