Friday, January 02, 2009

Carbon Tax to Redistribute Wealth

James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and No. 2 global warming alarmist, wrote a letter to Michelle Obama in which he advocates for a carbon tax. Outwardly the tax is to cut the emission of carbon dioxide, a purported cause of global warming ... or cooling, or climate change, or something like that, it keeps changing.

Hansen goes on to explain the tax is actually a "collectivist redistribution of wealth" which should appeal to the next president who likes redistributing other people's money. Hansen recommends the carbon tax be returned to the people in
"equal shares on a per capita basis."

That means wealthier Americans whose activities emit more CO2 will pay more in carbon taxes than they get back, while those who earn less will receive more in refunds than they will lose through taxes.

"A person reducing his carbon footprint more than average makes money," explains Hansen, while "a person with large cars and a big house will pay a tax much higher than the dividend."

Hansen and his ilk never seem to question whether the government should be involved in behavior modification. They believe so zealously in their cause — establishing an egalitarian society where conspicuous consumption is limited to the few who make the rules — that they have no misgivings about using the police power of the federal and state governments to beat society into shape.

Nor do they question their hunch — the idea doesn't even rise to the level of theory — that CO2 emissions are causing climate change even as there are ample reasons to doubt it.
My carbon footprint is small so I get an equal share of the collectivist redistributed wealth. Well, that's okay then. This plan has got to better than not collecting the wealth to redistribute it in the first place. Otherwise, people would decide for themselves how to redistribute their own wealth as they see fit. We can't have that, now, can we?

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Anonymous said...

They can have my carbon footprint when they pry it from cold dead fingers. Don

Indigo Red said...

lol! Very clever, Don.

Mike H. said...

Actually Dr. James Hansen is the person who started the global warming scare.

He's also the person who refuses to put his research data, that his assumptions are based on, in the proper archival form for distribution for peer review. And this as a government employee.

He needs to be arrested for misusing government property and making false statements to congress.

He's already had to change his public pronouncements twice. One was when he said that proof of global warming was that the year (I believe it was) 1999 was the warmest year on record when in actuality 1932 was. I can't remember the other one but it was recent.

Indigo Red said...

Quite right, Mike. I listed Hansen as the No 2 GW scare monger because I believe Al Gore took the No 1 position with his horror movie.

Hansen has changed his stance GW a few times depending on who was paying him more. He is very pliant for dollars. He's also been proven wron about his pro-GW data often with his own NASA resources - he said the Erath was warming based on ocean temp readings, but the satelite data showed there was virtually no change in worldwide temps.

The guy is a walking hoax.