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."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?
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.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.