Surprise: Warmists Really Want To Redistribute (Other People’s) Wealth

One of the problems with having an interest in the ‘climate change’ debate is the constant re-recurring themes that crop up on a constant basis. The same things get discussed time after time, because Warmists keep bringing up the same ideas again and again, regardless of how much the science is against their beliefs. Because this is not about science, it’s about politics, namely, the far left Progressive politics Warmists push

To Stop Climate Change, Don’t Just Cut Carbon; Redistribute Wealth

This year’s Democratic platform has the fingerprints of progressive movements all over it. A $15 minimum wage, a pathway to cannabis legalisation, improvements to social security, police accountability, and financial reforms — including a tax on speculation — all make an appearance.

The platform also highlights the critical link between climate and the economy. In particular, it argues that “carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases should be priced to reflect their negative externalities”.

That’s a complicated way of saying that the cost of the harm done to people and the planet should be calculated into the price of energy generated by burning coal, oil and gas. If these costs were factored into the price consumers pay at the pump or in their utility bills, it could make dirty energy expensive enough to change both consumer and industry behaviour. And that, in turn, would make renewable energy much more cost-competitive.

It could also — potentially — raise a lot of money.

Of course, at that money raised comes at the expense of the middle and lower classes, who’ll pay more for pretty much everything. Warmists conveniently ignore that part.

But a clean energy economy catalysed by a carbon tax is only a progressive victory if it’s also a just economy. That means the policies to fight climate change also have to help end inequality. Why? Because the two are inextricably linked.

Sure, wealthy people may be in a better position to buy an electric car, cover their roofs in solar panels, and pay a premium for energy-saving appliances. But studies, including one by economists Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel, show that the rich are actually super-polluters. In the US, the top 1% of income earners have an average carbon footprint two orders of magnitude bigger than someone in the bottom 10 percent of income earners.

A carbon tax could help transfer wealth from people at the carbon-intensive top to less polluting middle and lower-income households, and ensure the costs of addressing climate change are distributed equitably. But it this won’t happen automatically. It will take thoughtful and inclusive policy design and implementation.

So, take from the rich to give to the poor in order to cover the extreme costs of living increases from the Warmists policies. The article ends thusly

A successful approach to climate change would be one in which taxpayers eventually accept the true costs of dirty energy, and actively demand and work towards a cleaner future. Though by no means a silver bullet, a truly climate justice-driven carbon pricing scheme should be part of the equation.

It’s interesting how most Warmists not only want Someone Else to pay the penalty for their beliefs, but to be given the largess from Other People being successful.

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2 Responses to “Surprise: Warmists Really Want To Redistribute (Other People’s) Wealth”

  1. Stosh says:

    A push for cannabis legalization will be the death of the Dem party, if passed all their voters will be too stoned to remember to show up at the polls.

  2. Liam Thomas says:

    The push to raise the cost of fossil fuels is a death knell to Industrialized nations.

    What the dipshit democratic voter does not realize is this:

    Let us suppose that they raise the cost of fossil fuels to XXX. This raises the cost of gasoline to say 8 dollars per gallon. It also vastly increases your electricity bill because still about 95 percent of all electricity is generated by Fossil Fuels.

    Now in the meantime you have NO Battery operated cars….and the electricity used to POWER Battery operated cars is gotten from Fossil fuel energy because…..

    Follow along rather closely here…..It would take decades to switch from Oil/Natural Gas power to Clean energy…..

    The results of actually implementing this plank would be so economically devastating that their would be no jobs left in America as McDonalds would be charging 20 bucks for a happy meal as they pay 100,000.00 a month just for electricity not to mention 15.00 an hour to a high school kid who is about as productive as a slug.

    DEMOCRATS ARE SHEEPLE…..they simply let each group have its lolipop and then vote for the DEM candidate even though most of the DEMS own policies are hurting them more then helping them……..

    but thats okay they got their lesbian bill passed, or their kill cops every tuesday bill passed, or they got an increase in medicaide etc…etc…etc.

    The problem I have with the GOP is that ANYONE…..ANYONE who ran in the primaries would defeat Hillary…..but no the GOP had to throw out the Trumpster.

    Turn out the lights.

    The fortunate thing is that Hillary understands economics and realizes that this insane plank on fossil fuel use would DESTROY the worlds economies 10x over.

    I hope she understands that anyway…she really is not on the Enviro Band Wagon she just pays lip service to that segment of her whacko voting base.

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