Hansen promotes Climate 'Reparations': 'Developed countries emitted most of the excess carbon that is in the air today, and are thus mainly responsible for human-caused climate change...Reparations are appropriate and needed.'
Hansen: 'The way to phase down fossil emissions rapidly is via a rising carbon fee collected at domestic mines and ports of entry. Each nation can choose how to use the funds, but in most nations the funds had better be distributed to all legal residents. The carbon fee can be made near-global, because border duties would be collected on products from non-participating nations, a huge incentive for all nations to join.'
'Science actually tells us is that we must reduce emissions in the fastest way possible — atmospheric CO2 is already in the dangerous zone.'
'Why march? You will have to answer to your children. You understood the situation at a time when it was not too late. Instead of standing up for them, did you choose to sit at home?'
'Regulations are not a solution, although the threat of them may help bring conservatives to the table.'
Morano in Aljazeera TV debate: 'The goal of focusing on a trace essential gas in the atmosphere as the big boogeyman and then altering all our policy to fit that -- is wrong! The CO2 cuts should not be our destination, our destination should be economic growth, jobs and energy abundance...They are laughing as we shoot ourselves in the foot with Hocus Pokus science -- meaning that EPA regulations are somehow going to affect future floods, droughts, hurricanes. It won’t even affect global CO2 levels in the end given how much developing world is advancing.'
'This will evolve in 3 years, 5 years, from now. Once you give them expanded bureaucratic power -- there is no limit. There is no limit of where future bureaucracies will go. It will be up to the whims and dictates of future bureaucrats.'
'Ultimately this is centrally planned from the U.S. government, at a time when Spain and Europe is walking away from green jobs, at a time when Germany is becoming more dependent on coal fired power.'
'It is not going to achieve anything for the climate, it won’t even achieve global CO2 reductions. It’s pure symbolism. And it’s not an insurance policy against global warming. If this were an insurance policy, the premium would cost more than any benefits you would ever get out of it.'
WSJ: 'The 'energy policy' Mr. Kerry is talking about includes vast new political control over the economy, starting with taxes and limits on carbon energy, subsidies for his favored energy sources, and new and costly regulations on much of the American Midwest, South and West. The "worst that can happen" is that we spend trillions of dollars trying to solve a problem that we can't do anything to stop; that we misallocate scarce resources in a way that slows economic growth; that slower growth leads to less economic opportunity for Boston College grads and especially the world's poor, and that America and the world become much less wealthy and technologically advanced than we would otherwise. All of which would make the world less able to cope with the costs of climate change if Mr. Kerry is right.'