Pricing the emissions of an unsustainable business that is making wild profits off the backs of our future generations unfortunately won't fly with the "I got mine, Jack' crowd. It upsets me because giving renewable sources of energy a level playing field wouldn't likely change the profit levels of large oil companies or damamge the economy in the long term (see: CFCs) as they are in the energy business. I've worked for a few of the large oil companies. If sustainable sources of energy become viable, they will shift production.
It's unfortunate that ideologies drive people to ignore any evidence that doesn't fit their world view when the facts don't fit.
“The scientific community is clear: Global warming is real and it is caused by human activity. In terms of droughts, heat waves, floods, forest fires, disease, rising sea levels and extreme weather disturbances, global warming is already causing devastating problems. The simple truth is that if we do not act boldly and quickly these problems will only get much worse in the years to come. A carbon tax must be a central part of our strategy for dramatically reducing carbon pollution,” Sen. Bernie Sanders wrote in a column posted Wednesday on The Huffington Post. “I am proud to have joined with Sen. Barbara Boxer, the chair of the environment committee in the Senate, in introducing the Climate Protection Act. Our legislation, which creates a straightforward carbon and methane fee, is the boldest carbon bill ever introduced. Now is the time to rally the American people in support of this bill.”
Continue reading here: http://www.sanders.senate.gov/newsroom/must-read/why-we-need-a-carbon-tax
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