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originally posted by: ScientiaFortisDefendit
a reply to: elfie
Sure, in the United States, but what about China and India, who could give a rat's ass about what Al Gore says? It's about money, period.
Given this picture, it is boggling - though probably not surprising - that people who subscribe to the conspiracy theory notion of climate change, not only ascribe emotions, beliefs and behaviors to people that are wildly unpsychological - and thus not plausible - but they also conveniently ignore the Kochs, Shells, Exxons, BPs, and Chevrons that stand to profit from a nonsensical conspiracy movement
I'm just guessing here, but if the man-made climate crowd took taxes off the table and came up with alternatives to solving the issue, then there wouldn't be the opposition that there is.
Redirect existing spending.
Provide tax credits to new innovations.
Instead of spending billions on a new tank or fighter, build a better engine, a water desalinization plant, or something.
Perhaps one should use less 'imagination' and instead deploy some sober critical well-researched thinking less polluted by politics
A carbon tax is an excuse to pollute.
It is a Ponzi-scheme that would allow business (any) to get away with murder and simply pay their way out.
Government just finds new ways to spend more.
All carbon tax revenue is recycled through tax reductions – The government has a legal requirement to present an annual plan to the legislature demonstrating how all of the carbon tax revenue will be returned to taxpayers through tax reductions. The money will not be used to fund government programs.
The latest numbers from Statistics Canada show that B.C.’s policy has been a real environmental and economic success after six years. Far from a being a “job killer,” it is a world-leading example of how to tackle one of the greatest global challenges of our time: building an economy that will prosper in a carbon-constrained world.
B.C. now has the lowest personal income tax rate in Canada (with additional cuts benefiting low-income and rural residents) and one of the lowest corporate rates in North America.
At the same time, it’s been extraordinarily effective in tackling the root cause of carbon pollution: the burning of fossil fuels. Since the tax came in, fuel use in B.C. has dropped by 16 per cent; in the rest of Canada, it’s risen by 3 per cent (counting all fuels covered by the tax). To put that accomplishment in perspective, Canada’s Kyoto target was a 6-per-cent reduction in 20 years.
Further, while some had predicted that the tax shift would hurt the province’s economy, in fact, B.C.’s GDP has slightly outperformed the rest of Canada’s since 2008.
I've kind of developed a weird morbid fascination with climate denier psychology, which is pretty much the only reason I ever bother engaging them on the topic these days.