Source: Katharine Hayhoe Assailed by Angry Climate Denier in Austin, YouTube, April 28, 2105
Notes: On April 27, 2015, Austin, Texas City Council had a meeting on local resilience to climate change. Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, climate scientist at Texas Tech University, was one of the speakers.
After Hayhoe’s presentation on how global warming could impact Austin, Council Member Don Zimmerman expressed his anger toward the scientist over government involvement to control climate change.
According to Zimmerman: “The worst thing that can be done to humanity is to put government bureaucrats in charge of carbon dioxide emissions or whatever it would be. I’m really, really upset about this political move of saying climate change — now we have to have government in charge of climate. It angers me and I think it should.”
Dr. Hayhoe’s response:
“I think you were very clear in that what you said agrees very closely with the research in that the main reason why we object to the reality of problem (of climate change) is because the solutions that have been presented are big government solutions. So that is why I think it is so important to give free market solutions a voice in this argument.”
Let's give this free market solution a voice:
A free market solution that is endorsed by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe is Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s (CCL) carbon fee and dividend proposal. Dr. Hayhoe fully supports CCL’s proposal by serving on their advisory board. Even more, she is their Keynote Speaker at the CCL 2015 International Conference in Washington, DC.
CCL’s carbon fee and dividend proposal is an initial fee of $15 a ton on the carbon dioxide content of fossil fuels, escalating $10 a ton per year, imposed at the oil well, coal mine, or at the US border. All the money collected is then distributed equally to American households.
Carbon Fee and Dividend does not increase the size of government, require new bureaucracies or directly increase government revenues. The dividend increases real disposable income, protects personal spending decisions and will recruit widespread, sustained engagement reduce the dirty carbon pollution causing current climate change.
As conservative Republican icon and former Secretary of State George Shultz wrote in the Washington Post in March, 2015, “Put a price (on carbon) out there, and let the marketplace adapt. You would be surprised at its creativity.”
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