January 22, 2007

GETTING AHEAD OF THE INNOVATION CURVE:

Bush set to tackle global warming: Plan to reduce emissions expected in State of Union (Rick Klein, January 22, 2007, Boston Globe)

President Bush this week is prepared to unveil what his aides have billed as a bold new national strategy to confront global climate change and work toward energy independence, even as Democrats push their own, more aggressive approach to the issue.

In previewing the State of the Union address the president will deliver tomorrow, administration officials have strongly hinted that Bush would outline steps the government will take to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, which most scientists believe contribute to global warming.

The White House has refused to discuss details in advance of the president's speech, though many in Congress and the energy industry expect it to include raising fuel-economy standards for automobiles, more support for renewable energy sources, and efforts to control emissions at utility plants and other big polluters.


You don't need to cap emissions, just tax them.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 22, 2007 12:04 PM
Comments

IF regular guys like you and me know this, why can't a majority of Congress get behind it?

If you want to reduce something, tax it, and if you want more of something, subsidize it.

Replace income and wage taxes with taxes on waste and stupidity. We all would benefit from reducing the supply.

Posted by: Bruno at January 22, 2007 1:29 PM

God must indeed look out for the USA, given our politicians. None of the ludicrous doomsday predictions of global warming are going to come true, and everyone in 50 years will think it's because of silly political actions of today, instead of solar cycles and the million other climate factors that we don't have a clue about yet.

Posted by: b at January 22, 2007 1:50 PM

Global warming is a gift to the Right.

Posted by: oj at January 22, 2007 3:01 PM

Well, OK then, I guess that's settled. And here I was thinking that there might be better ways to advocate for revising the way the energy economy works than whipping up hysteria only loosely based on scientific rationales.

Posted by: b at January 22, 2007 4:18 PM

Given as choice between cold reason and hysteria as the lever with which to move a democracy, only a damn fool would choose the former.

Posted by: oj at January 22, 2007 8:00 PM
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