NPR Economists Explain Atmospheric Physics

Climate change seems like this complicated, intractable problem. But maybe it doesn’t have to be.  On today’s show, we talk to a couple economists about a very simple idea that could solve the climate-change problem: Tax carbon emissions.

Episode 472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming : Planet Money : NPR

The connection between taxes and bad weather prevention is almost as clear as the connection between witches and people turning into newts.

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8 Responses to NPR Economists Explain Atmospheric Physics

  1. The connection is almost exactly the same. There are actually newts and there is actual climate. The newts did not come from people and the climate doesn’t follow the predictions.

  2. Bob722 says:

    Years ago:
    Got an angry volcano? Throw a screaming virgin into the lava, to appease the volcano gods.

    21st Century:
    Got an angry poisonous climate? Tax the public till they scream, to appease the weather gods.

    Hundreds of years of glorious progress and nothing has changed…..

  3. Latitude says:

    and climate and economists

  4. Andy DC says:

    Yes, as brilliant economists, it is certain that another tax will further stimulate the economy. (sarc)

  5. gofer says:

    IF a tax were put into effect and the temps dropped, there’s no way to confirm it wouldn’t have happened anyway. With the temps dropping, they are feverishly trying to put all this in place before the people recognize they have been had, big time. Imagine if they had built this on cooling in the 70’s, where would they be now? They would be telling everybody it was only a lull in the cooling and the cooling will return. Same scam, different direction.

  6. I. Lou Minotti says:

    We’ve got a bunch of illiterate idiots who claim to understand the basics of our climate right here in good ole’ New Jersey. Funny that they’re all politicians. The latest from the only thinking writer from

  7. John Greenfraud says:

    They both use bogus modeling to support Worldwide Communism, the connection couldn’t be clearer.

  8. Notice the form of these arguments: Science shows us global warming is happening, therefore we must implement a carbon tax to stop it. The first part may have at least some basis in objectivity, the the second half is purely subjective. There is never any evidence or demonstration based on experience presented that shows that a carbon tax, or policy in general, can stabilize the global climate. It is always taken as a given.

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