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A different take on climate change and the media

Posted by Pete McBreen Fri, 09 Apr 2010 06:25:00 GMT

Just who is pulling the strings?

the real story is not the relationship between science and the media at all. It’s the story of how the media has been completely taken in by a third group, a third culture, consisting of ideologically-driven, pathological liars, who will say almost anything in order to score political points, and will smear anyone they regard as an opponent.

Krugman has written about Building a Green Economy

If you listen to climate scientists — and despite the relentless campaign to discredit their work, you should — it is long past time to do something about emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. If we continue with business as usual, they say, we are facing a rise in global temperatures that will be little short of apocalyptic. And to avoid that apocalypse, we have to wean our economy from the use of fossil fuels, coal above all.

Interestingly Krugman didn’t write much about James Hansen’s proposal for a tax and dividend to cut down on CO2 emissions. James HAnsen is against the Cap and Trade for reasons he explains very well. Hansen also has a paper that shows pictures of what cold winters used to be like - when the Niagara falls could freeze.

What we need is an approach that addresses the fundamental fact that keeps us addicted to  fossil fuels: they are the cheapest form of energy, provided their prices do not have to include  the damage they do to human health, the environment, and the future of our children.    For the sake of the people, especially young people, there should be a rising price on carbon  emissions.  The price should rise at a known economically sensible rate, so that businesses have  time to plan their investments accordingly.  The money collected should be put in the hands of  the public, so they are able to make the purchases necessary to reduce their carbon footprint.