Tagged Climate Change

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The memos, stamped “confidential” and kept under wraps for years, portray a White House eager to assert U.S. leadership on climate change. Global warming will have “profound consequences,” one document warns, and the United States “cannot wait” until all scientific questions are resolved before taking action. The source of the memos: Not the Obama White House, but policy advisers to President George H.W. Bush. The memos were among several formerly classified documents from the Bush and Reagan administrations obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and released on Wednesday by the National Security Archive. The documents portray senior officials in…

In Praise of a Carbon Tax

I have invited myself to do some writing over at Aeon Ideas. My first piece addresses the question of what I would be willing to sacrifice in order to combat climate change. An excerpt: I am perfectly willing to sacrifice something to combat climate change. I am willing to sacrifice tax money. I invite policymakers to enact a carbon tax that will be designed to reduce carbon emissions in order to slow–and hopefully, reverse–the process of global warming. I invite pundits to advocate the enactment of such a tax, and to give our governing class the political cover necessary to implement a carbon tax.…

George Shultz on How to Deal with Climate Change

It is nice to see that more Republicans have accepted the reality of climate change, and are calling for action. Add George Shultz’s name to the list of those who believe that something has to be done. After showing what the current climate trends are, and showing why they should alarm us, Shultz–who along with Henry Kissinger and James Baker can lay claim to being the best secretary of state in my lifetime–tells us how Ronald Reagan would deal with the climate change issue: I am also impressed by an experience I had in the mid-1980s. Many scientists thought the ozone layer…

Mitt Romney Believes in Climate Change. And Well He Should.

Behold the story. Note that Romney’s belief in the existence of anthropogenic climate change is a longstanding one; he had to hide it in his last run for the presidency, but he is not hiding it now. And thank goodness. It’s long past time that Republicans decided to take action regarding climate change, and in taking action, it is to be hoped that Romney and other Republicans will follow the example of Hank Paulson in discussing the issue of climate change and proposing solutions aimed at reducing carbon emissions: THERE is a time for weighing evidence and a time for acting.…

What Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Doesn’t Know about Corporate Law and the First Amendment

Stephen Bainbridge takes the young Kennedy to task for pretending that corporations can somehow be given some kind of “death penalty” for not agreeing with Kennedy’s views on climate policy. Of course, to say that Professor Bainbridge has forgotten more about corporate law than the young Kennedy will ever learn is to understate matters (and you should really read through both of the professor’s blog posts in order to get a sense of just how entirely overmatched the young Kennedy is), but there is another matter worth exploring as well when it comes to this particular debate. Consider the following quote…

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I stand by what I wrote today: the videos of [ISIL] beheadings need to be independently confirmed before they are part of the historical record. They may well be completely accurate but there are not yet independent confirmations that they are accurate. On a larger picture note: had an evening with a group of well-informed international attorneys and prosecutors. A Pakistani lawyer who is a fourth-generation scion of a major Pakistani political family explained what I keep hearing from many parts of the plugged in educated elite of the Middle East: ISIS, he said, is grassroots Wahabism – the extreme…

Naomi Klein: Hack

I have written in the past about Naomi Klein’s seemingly pathological need to commit massive amounts of intellectual fraud. I see that nothing has changed: Naomi Klein keeps coming up with fresh new ideas about how to spark an elusive mass social movement against capitalism and corporations. In her 2000 bestseller No Logo, the progressive journalist attempted to harness the nascent anti-globalization movement to unleash “a vast wave of opposition squarely targeting transnational corporations.” In 2007, her book The Shock Doctrine bogusly asserted that free market institutions spread only by taking advantage of coups, wars, and natural calamities. The book…