I’m rethinking the price on carbon thing in the light of recent events with food prices and the poorest countries. We need to put a floor under some level of human dignity below which we will let no one cross, before we let the market determine everything.
That said, I thoroughly enjoyed Mark Kleiman’s demolition of Tierney’s thinly vailed attack on Mr. Gore. Here’s what Tierney said, in case you missed it:
If you travel frequently by air, even on commercial flights, you can’t escape having a huge carbon footprint. Yet many of the most vocal advocates of cutting emissions — politicians, environmentalists, journalists, scientists — are continually jetting off to campaign events and conferences and workshops. Are they going to change the way they operate? If not, how are they going to persuade anyone else to cut back emissions? (My advice to the peripatetic preachers: Do not try explaining why your work is more important than everyone else’s.)
Here is Kleiman’s response. Lots of hits. Here’s the home run:
Rich people use more goods and services than poor people. That’s what “rich” means. Of course multi-millionaires have larger gross GHG footprints than you and I do. So what? If Tierney wants to work on decreasing income gradients, I’m all for it. But of course he’s not. He just hates the idea that some rich people use their wealth to promote ideas he dislikes.
Go read the whole thing.