Hat tip: Obama’s climate policy is ‘practically worthless,’ says Dr. James Hansen
“The actions are practically worthless,” said James Hansen, a climate researcher who headed NASA’s Goddard’s Institute for Space Studies for over 30 years and first warned congress of global warming in 1988. “They do nothing to attack the fundamental problem.”Considering that Mr. Obama's policy proposal is to end reliance on coal to fuel electrical power generation in the US by government fiat, one wonders exactly what a "worthy" policy actually involves.
Hansen suggested a gradually rising fee for fossil fuel extraction, collected at the port of entry or, in domestic cases, the place where the material actually comes out of the ground. “As long as fossil fuels are allowed to (appear to be) the cheapest energy, someone will burn them,” he wrote in an email to msnbc. “It is not so much a matter of how far you go."Gradually rising" to how much? Until all fossil fuels are too expensive to use? What will substitute for them? ("Renewables" are too unreliable.)