Tim Worstall strikes again - in his Telegraph blog pushing the 'alternative' idiocy of a carbon 'poll' tax instead of the current raft of green taxes. We need rid ourselves of both, in truth.
Worstall’s case is that a simple bureaucratic change of tack to manipulate the free marketplace is the way to go to achieve the goal: state manipulation of the climate.
Not exactly the kind of argument I ever expected a committed free marketeer to make. No wonder University of Houston Professor, Larry Bell, commenting on the new bipartisan mood for compromise among some conservatives in the U.S., tags Carbon Taxomania: “stupidity-on-steroids”.
The fact is that we need to rid ourselves entirely of a plague of green taxes which are having zero impact in the pointless war on a harmless trace and minor greenhouse gas.
Arguing for a state intervening substitution of one failed bureaucratic tax system for another merely avoids facing the real scientific conundrum Warmists are avoiding: How is it that CO2 emissions have continued to rise exponentially while the global average temperature has not risen for 15 years?
Ah, the floating polar bear
But I must mention one other thing in connection with Worstall’s Telegraph missive. Next time such a piece is in the offing, it might be an idea to ensure that it isn’t totally undermined by a dim-witted sub-editor including the iconic green propagandist tool: the image of a polar bear ‘cast adrift’ on an Arctic ice floe.
Yes, his piece is captioned with riotous pomposity: “The man from Whitehall cannot protect this polar bear”. Ah yes, FPBS – floating polar bear syndrome! The fact is that polar bears can swim. There’s nothing the cuddly imps love more than jumping onto and riding around on ice floes. It’s what polar bears do for fun.