At the heart of many climate science deniers is free-market ideology. Some are extremists whose political position falls just a smidgen short of anarchy. Such a person despises government, wants no taxes and, preferably, no government. Ironically these people often place a very high value on law and order, provided it's only applied to other people.
Today on WUWT, "Wondering" Willis Eschenbach is wondering about the impact of the carbon tax in British Columbia, a province of Canada. To do so he builds a strawman.
Seems a silly argument? Indeed it does. It's got nothing at all to do with the carbon tax in effect in British Columbia.
Willis could have built another type of straw man.
For example, what if he instead had argued that the people of the United States of America prevented President Nixon from introducing the Clean Air Act. That the USA had never introduced any work safety standards or any standards for regulating health, safety and pollution. That pollution in the USA was a hundred times worse than the most polluted city in China, having been accumulating and getting worse since the 1850s. That the USA was under a perpetual cloud of thick smog.
What would the commenters at WUWT have said then, I wonder. Would they argue that the USA is the home of the brave and the land of the free and that COPD and an early death is a blessing and a price US citizens are willing to pay for "freedom"? Would they have written comments like this?
Ian W says:
July 12, 2013 at 2:40 am It is an incorrect assumption that these
‘carbon taxes’clean air regulations are intended to reduce ‘global warmingpollution: they are intended to reduce industrial output and wealth creation and in that they are succeeding. Every country and State that has imposed a carbon taxclean air regime has deindustrialized and its wealth creation has been reduced. Those countries that have avoided the restrictions on ‘carbon’dirty air have become more industrialized and wealthier.
July 12, 2013 at 2:35 am If the
BCUSA residents had gone zeroCarbon by 1850for Clean Air there would be no grandchildren, death would have loomed large. Your calculations assume zero change for anything else in the climate driverclean air mix and that the GHEsmog pollution theory is correct.
All are aimed at avoiding dangerous levels of CO2. To make sure global surface temperatures don't rise beyond two degrees of warming, if it's not already too late. To avoid the impact on societies of dangerous global warming.
On the other hand if we all acted together to reduce CO2 emissions then it would make a huge difference. If you value clean air, health, wealth and longevity and a long term future for humanity, then embrace change and take control and help create the future.
SkepticalScience.com has an update on British Columbia's carbon tax.