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Time for carbon taxes?

PAYING FOR IT by ELIZABETH KOLBERT in the shouty New Yorker suggests that carbon taxes may be back on the (US) agenda. It would be good if they were, but I’m dubious (am I ever anything else?). There are many reasons to be dubious. One is in the article: a carbon tax makes so much…

Or, Timmy in the Torygraph. Its a bit broken I’m afraid, though it manages to get some obvious things right. But before I start on the actual matter, we need to sweep away some of the dross. It starts Perhaps we can sit down and discuss this climate change thing like the adults we are?…

Costs of adaption

Someone’s PR folk mailed me CARE and climate change Into Unknown Territory: The limits to adaptation and reality of loss and damage from climate impacts, and the report itself. You know what its like: the first big pic is a poor person with a baby in a dry landscape with a dead cow skeleton; the…

Reading P3 and mt I got stuck at …economics makes grandiose claims to be the science of collective behavior, or even the science of collective happiness. Yet it dismisses any philosophically interesting aspects of these questions in favor of counting dollar-denominated transactions. Nevertheless, it claims for itself a unique position among the sciences, as the…

Or so says reuters and a whole host of others repeating the same story. The source is draft ELECTRICITY GENERATION POLICY STATEMENT from the shouty Scottish government. You won’t be surprised to hear that I don’t believe a word of it (I’ve been pretty sniffy before), but lets read on. Oh, but first, why so…

Chris Huhne

CH has resigned as a minister (he was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, often just reported as “energy secretary”) after he was charged with asking his then-wife to take some speeding points for him; or, more formally, for “perverting the course of justice”. And I think the reaction, certainly amongst his colleagues,…

And, since I’ve been cwuel to the septics, I suppose I ought to have a go at the greenies, for balance: A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight. – Proverbs 11:1 So (h/t KZ) the Grauniad says: Open letter to Sir Mervyn King says overexposure to high-carbon…

Carbon tax now

I’ve finally been provoked into writing this post. Though actually it is going to be about something slightly different, or at least I’m going to go through a long rambling diversion, inspired by Idiocy on carbon permits by Timmy. But since I’m also rather conscious that many of my posts are (when looked back over…

Can’tcun

I largely ignored Copenhagen (the conference, not the city, I hasten to add: very nice place I’m sure and I mean no disrespect) and chose instead to push for Carbon Tax Now, though I felt obliged to read a little bit of what they had to say. But now we have Cancun. What to say…

Tim Worstall has written a book, and not only that, he sent me a copy to review. So I have. And this is it.