"Governments want taxes and they know people don't like paying them and I think if they can possibly confuse people into thinking they are doing it to save the Earth, they'll do it more willingly."
Andrew writes A Fraud on the Australian People.
Yesterday Professor Richard Lindzen, arguably the world’s finest climate scientist and dubbed “credible” even by professional alarmist Tim Flannery, scoffed at Gillard’s tax.
“There’s no disagreement in the scientific community that this will have no impact on climate,” said Lindzen, professor of meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“It would be nothing for practical purposes and it would be nothing if the whole world did the same.”
Of course, the rest of the world is not doing the same. Not a single other nation has a national carbon dioxide tax, so either we’re smarter than every other country ... or Gillard is dumber than every other leader. You choose.
Oh, and Prof Lindzen also added that since 1995 there had been no global warming that could be distinguished from natural variability. The theory man’s gases are heating the world dangerously is falling to bits.
The idea a whole economy is being deliberately slowed down for an utterly useless gesture seems so unimaginable, a folly perhaps, explains why few analysts even dare to ask if this tax will do a single thing for the planet.
John Fialka in the New York Times a week ago wrote:
BOSTON -- Richard Lindzen is 71. His career as professor of meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is winding down. The rumpled, bearded, soft-spoken scientist no longer teaches regular classes and looks forward to a quiet retirement a year from now, perhaps at his second home, in Paris.
"Quiet" is not a word you could apply to his career. In the 1970s, he developed a mathematical analysis that disproved much of the accepted scientific theories about how "tides" in the Earth's atmosphere move heat around the planet. For that, he won a number of prestigious awards and was invited to become a member of the National Academy of Sciences at the tender age of 37.
Fialka goes on to say that, although Dick Lindzen lost the battle against the climate modellers, he has not given up. He helped the Bush Government's rejection of Kyoto. (He was a signatory to the Global Warming Petition Project.)
"I don't judge my work on its political influence," Lindzen shrugged in an interview. "As a scientist, I don't regard these people [politicians] as the judges of my work." He pays much more attention to the behavior of his fellow scientists, who have decidedly mixed views about his.
James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, led the push at the White House for the Bush administration to take action to curb greenhouse gas emissions. He still seems scarred by his encounters with Lindzen. He recalls in his latest book, "Storms of My Grandchildren," that Lindzen "is soft spoken, but has an authoritative air; he never loses his cool and is always in complete control."
"I expect him to keep asserting that human-made climate change is unimportant on his deathbed," grumbled Hansen. He wrote that after clashing with Lindzen, he tried to improve his communications skills by reading English novels out loud to his wife. "It improved my vocabulary, but not my tact."