I don't have a problem with the development of new ideas, new products or the preservation of essential industries from the short term ravages of market forces. I don't have a problem with government warning and acting on dangers which may lie ahead. In my lifetime the government had a huge programme to help citizens cope with nuclear fallout. In most of these cases the cost was low and even where they are higher (such as farm subsidies) the money quickly found its way down to useful employment and purposes. Farmers pay sales tax (VAT) on their supplies.
Tax on fuel was based on the fact that fuel was an inelastic good for which there was no alternative. High fuel usage indicated a high performing economy. Nowadays, taxes on fuel is based on the assumption that either there are alternatives or the good is elastic or both. How can a good like fuel be inelastic in 1989 and elastic in 2019 when there are no alternatives to it? How can an economy perform when there is no fuel to power it? The answer is that the purpose of the carbon tax is to collect money for government to spend. In Ireland the media and voters keep a close eye of each political parties spending proposals and is suspicious of spending plans without tax plans. Climate change is an ideal way around this. Dress it up as saving the planet and off they go. In fact the Irish government has promised to use the carbon tax to increase children's allowance, a clear appeal to the women's vote. It is just possible that after years of hype, failed wind farms and other green extravagance, that voters wake up to the fact that they will be poor. The Yellow Vest protests in France and the rise of popular politics in the USA and Europe may be (just my be) evidence of that happening.
We made our bed.......
Every person, every company and every country must do whatever they can to fix this:
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Is he still writing bilge on the WUWT???
I thought he was still missing:
Dear Chris. Potholers Open Letter to Lord Bonckton | Climate Denial Crock of the Week
I have put forward a fairly simple concept to you, that you are determined to ignore. If you want to fix a problem, you go after the biggest source of that problem first, as that will provide you with the biggest impact.
I don't know why you won't understand that the emissions produced in Ireland are irrelevant on a global scale.
"When climate deniers seek answers to the big questions, they turn to the smartest man in the whole world ... "
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