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Slides explaining the "tax and dividend" approach to cutting greenhouse gases -- from a recent presentation by James E. Hansen, the NASA climate expert who has become a leader in the movement to limit ...

Slides explaining the "tax and dividend" approach to cutting greenhouse gases -- from a recent presentation by James E. Hansen, the NASA climate expert who has become a leader in the movement to limit global warming, More info: http:www.columbia.edu/~jeh1 and http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com

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    James Hansen on "Tax and Dividend" Climate Policy James Hansen on "Tax and Dividend" Climate Policy Presentation Transcript

    • Carbon Tax & 100% Dividend
      • 1. Tax Large & Growing (but get it in place!)
      • - tap efficiency potential & life style choices
      • 2. Entire Tax Returned
      • - equal monthly deposits in bank accounts
      • 3. Limited Government Role
      • - keep hands off money!
      • - eliminate fossil subsidies
      • - technology support (no Manhattan projects!)
      • - change profit motivation of utilities
      • - watch U.S. modernize & emissions fall!
      • Basic Conflict
      • Fossil Fuel Special Interests
      • vs
      • Young People & Nature (Animals)
      • Fossil Interests: God-given fact that all
      • fossil fuels will be burned (no free will)
      • Young People: Hey! Not so fast! Nice planet you are leaving us!
    • What are the Odds?
      • Fossil Interests: have influence in capitals world-wide
      • Young People: need to organize, enlist others (parents, e.g.), impact elections
      • Animals: not much help (don’t vote, don’t talk)
    • The Challenge
      • We can avoid destroying creation!
      • (+cleaner planet, + good jobs!)
      • We have to figure out how to live without fossil fuels someday…
      • Why not now?
    •  
      • Metrics for “Dangerous” Change
      • Extermination of Animal & Plant Species
      • 1. Extinction of Polar and Alpine Species
      • 2. Unsustainable Migration Rates
      • Ice Sheet Disintegration: Global Sea Level
      • 1. Long-Term Change from Paleoclimate Data
      • 2. Ice Sheet Response Time
      • Regional Climate Disruptions
      • 1. Increase of Extreme Events
      • 2. Shifting Zones/Freshwater Shortages