@philip_rhoades I can’t reply to your comment without taking this off topic, but since none of us is open to changing their position, it’s meaningless to try.
So I’ll keep this here and try to compare it with the main topic:
Monetary taxation (inflation) is not a matter of science, but freedom. The same is with various CO2 taxes.
If you “believed” (funny word) that “a little bit” of inflation is good, and I didn’t, what then? You could print your paper money, and I could use gold.
But that’s not how statists roll. What would happen, naturally, would be that workers would want to get paid in gold or silver or something that can’t be manipulated (Safecoin?), and you’ll end up with piles of ever useless paper.
So for this “science” of monetary policy to work, force must be used. You must accept worthless paper, and you must pay your tax and almost everything else (all state “services”, for example) in the same worthless currency.
The green religion works the same way. You could claim that man-made CO2 emissions are causing catastrophic climate changes and I could claim they’re not. Then you’d (probably) move a mile or two inland, and maybe invest in some Arctic properties. I’d use the opportunity to buy your Gold Coast beach condo on the cheap. By reselling part of y our vast Arctic corn fields you would get insanely rich and use that money to finance renewable energy research, to hopefully one day make it affordable.
But that’s not how green “science” works. Because you are so sure that “something has to be done” and “now”, you declare everyone ignorant and cozy up with State because that police baton looks very handy.
So suddenly the science gets settled, I am taxed day in day out, and while money’s pouring in for your green projects of urgent nature, you feel confident to engage in gentlemanly discussions about merits of your scientifically proven approach.
In money, thankfully there’s bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, so a partially free discussion (i.e. I go to bitcointalk.org, you go to ft.com) is now possible and our financial and other freedom has been improving. We simply don’t have to talk to statists. They can “invest” in government bonds, we can invest in crypto currencies and tokens.
In “climate changes”, there’s still nothing similar. What’s the point? How can I “win”? If I win, will I be able to avoid the CO2 tax when I buy my airplane ticket tomorrow?
It’s not about science, it’s about freedom.
The economic issue - if there’s any - is not whether CO2 warms up the atmosphere (it does a little), but whether there’s a cheaper way to ensure prosperity. This should be something that every individual would have to decide for themselves, and not something that State can use as excuse to rob a coal miner from the right to work (human rights - LOL!).