According to the paid propagandist Joe Romm at Climate Progress: Humanity is choosing to destroy a livable climate, warn 18 of the world’s leading climate experts in a new study.
Tom Nelson asks on Twitter: Since when are these 18 some of the world’s leading climate experts?
Of course, there’s a call for a carbon tax to go along with that warning.
Economic efficiency would be improved by a rising carbon fee.
A rising carbon fee is the sine qua non for fossil fuel phase out, but
not enough by itself.
Absolute madness. What alternate reality do these 18 people live in? Or maybe it is simply that none of them have ever held a job that didn’t depend on tax revenue?
They are clamoring not only for a carbon tax, but also for green technology. But, real world data they cite suggests they are living in a dream world:Note the miniscule contribution of Wind + Solar in green. Their call to action isn’t even remotely credible, especially when they delve into politics by linking their tax ideas to the Keystone XL pipeline:
An economic analysis indicates that a tax beginning at $15/tCO2 and rising $10/tCO2 each year would reduce emissions in the U.S. by 30% within 10 years . Such a reduction is more than 10 times as great as the carbon content of tar sands oil carried by the proposed Keystone XL pipeline (830,000 barrels/day) . Reduced oil demand would be nearly six times the pipeline capacity , thus the carbon fee is far more effective than the proposed pipeline.
I will give them props for calling for more nuclear energy, but the rest of the paper is nothing more than a climate activist’s wet dream.
You can read it here: http://www.plos.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/pone-8-12-hansen.pdf