Monthly Archives: April 2010

Videos On Sensible Climate and Energy Policy

The media page for the Price Carbon Campaign has several great videos available that explain from a wide variety of perspectives why a simple clear revenue neutral carbon tax is the best solution to climate, economic, environmental, employment and national security challenges that are all interrelated. Another important video is “The Huge Mistake” by attorneys Laurie Williams and Allan Zabel which explains clearly why the solutions generally favored in Washington really are a huge mistake. Then there is this good summary of the issues.

For those who care seriously about these issues and do not want to see wasteful and ineffective solutions substituted for clear simple and real solutions, spending an hour or so watching these videos could be a great investment of your time. It would also be great for every member of the senate to watch them all prior to taking a position on legislation.

These videos provide compelling video regarding the fundamental problems of theĀ  convoluted corporate welfare schemes like the Kerry Graham Lieberman bill now making its way to the senate. With clearly far better bipartisan bills already drafted, like the Cantwell Collins “Carbon Limits and Energy for America’s Renewal (CLEAR) Act” and the Inglis Flake LipinskiĀ  “Raise Wages, Cut Carbon Act”, we can only hope that these clear messages of common sense have more impact than all the special interest lobbyists that generally drive policy in Washington.

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Health Risks – Climate Change or Poverty?

Philip Stevens provides a good summary of why poverty rather than climate change is the greatest health threat of the 21st Century.

History has proven that only relatively prosperous societies have ever been able to make meaningful and sustained improvements to their environmental impacts. While ideally we can address the challenges of both climate change and poverty, we cannot afford to consider “solutions” to any environmental problems that thwart economic progress and opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty.

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