#1108 A conservative solution to solving climate change

Air Date: 5-30-2017

Today we look at some conservatives engaged in the fight against climate change and their best policy proposal to get the job done

​Show Notes

Ch. 1: Opening Theme: A Fond Farewell - From a Basement On the Hill

Ch. 2: Act 1: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 1 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13

Ch. 3: Song 1: Free Enterprise - Dexter Jones' Circus Orchestra

Ch. 4: Act 2: Ted Halstead: A climate solution where all sides can win – @TEDTalks - Air Date 5-17-17

Ch. 5: Song 2: Man With a Plan - The Button Men

Ch. 6: Act 3: Bob Inglis Changing the dialogue on energy and climate Part 2 - TEDxJacksonville - Air Date 12-10-13

Ch. 7: Song 3: The Compromise - The Format

Ch. 8: Act 4: Mitch Hescox on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA

Ch. 9: Song 4: Sweet Lullaby - Deep Forest

Ch. 10: Act 5: D@W Field Report Climate March - Economic Update w: @profwolff  - Air Date 5-18-17

Ch. 11: Song 5: Adventure, Darling - Gillicuddy

Ch. 12: Act 6: Bob Inglis on Why We're Not as Divided as You Think: Quiet Cooperation on Climate - Immense Possibilities on NETA

Ch. 13: Final comments on the artificial left/right divide on climate change policy

Ch. 14: Bonus Clip: Cap & Dividend Explained - Chesapeake Climate Action Network - Air Date 4-9-09

Closing Music: Here We Are - Everyone's in Everyone



Let’s solve climate change! Engage with your conservative friends…

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An Evangelical Movement Takes on Climate Change (Newsweek, 2016) 

Conservatives Plan for a Carbon Tax (The New York Times)

Citizens Climate Lobby pushes for a carbon tax and dividend (The Guardian, 2013)

7 Reasons Conservatives Should Support Climate Change Solutions (Huffington Post)

New economic study shows carbon tax refunded to households would create jobs (Citizens Climate Lobby, 2014)

Written by BOTL Communications Director, Amanda Hoffman

Produced by Jay! Tomlinson

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  • Paul Maher
    commented 2017-07-24 10:32:37 -0400
    The greening of the planet will not be solved by taxing carbon, although it wouldn’t hurt. But the real solution is based in the products of nanotech and condensed matter physics. Please support #LENR if you want to solve our energy and global warming problems.
  • Matt Lanier
    commented 2017-06-02 19:28:29 -0400
    The basic argument is very compelling. There’s a market failure that should be addressed by a fee, and that fee should be distributed to everyone. But then I got to thinking how applying the same logic to other areas of the economy would result in similar conservative support for much of the liberal agenda. Here are a few examples:

    CEO Pay – There is a market inefficiency that causes CEO pay to be higher than a true free market would allow. CEO’s are supposed to work for the shareholders, but shareholders can’t even vote up or down on executive pay. Instead, chummy board rooms give each other raises. It’s as if there’s a union that sets their own salary. Charge a ‘market correction fee’ instead of a tax, and use it to fund a basic income grant instead of a social program.

    Fight for 15 – Walmart is able to pay sub-market wages due to the existence of a social safety net. Underpaid employees require lots of social services, so basically Walmart is able to shift costs for their workforce onto the government. Again, instead of tax and spend, it’s fee and dividend.

    Healthcare – The entire industry is filled with market failures. Drug monopolies, opaque pricing, all those reasons healthcare costs keep going up. Put a ‘fee’ on the healthcare system and use it to purchase health insurance for everyone. There’s a podcast out there from either CATO or EconTalks (apologies I don’t have the cite) arguing for governments just buying insurance policies for everyone, which sounds a lot like universal healthcare.

    The banking industry, military industrial complex, racism/sexism/homophobia (market failure here is that in a free market, companies would hire women and minorities because they are cheaper until that is no longer the case). Pretty soon conservatives start sounding like Elizabeth Warren. The point is, any time someone gets rich, there is a market failure that allows it to happen. While a liberal would say ‘behind every great fortune is a great crime’, a conservative would say ‘efficient markets would erode any rent seeking opportunities until goods are produced at the long run average total cost to produce them’.

    Somewhere along the line, ‘free market’ became synonymous with ‘no government’, but any honest economist will tell you that is absolutely not the case. It takes a lot of work to keep markets free. And lately both parties have been doing a really lousy job of this.
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