Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bridging the Geezer-Young Person Gap - by James Hansen

We the Elders (Credit: Click to Enlarge.
I must admit that I have had less success in persuading young people that the difference between fee-and-dividend and more complex schemes, such as cap-and-trade-with-offsets, really matters.  I suppose that is not surprising when an economist explains the difference by saying “a carbon fee guarantees a specified rate of increase of carbon cost, while cap-and-trade guarantees a specified rate of reduction of emissions”.  What hogwash.  What cap-and-trade guarantees is that the rate of emission reduction will be small, it will be confined to liberal governments, will have little public pressure to raise the carbon fee, and may be discarded when a conservative government accedes to power.
My main purpose in this Communication is to encourage elderly people to support Elders Climate Action, a national movement of elders “dedicated to using the power of our caring, our wisdom and our numbers to push for new energy policies that will reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere to a level consistent with life thriving on our planet.”

Also consider attending the Grandparents Climate Action Day in Washington this September. Or help with a local event.  Or at least join their campaign ( and thus keep informed of ways that you might get involved in the future.

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