A carbon [tax] experiment

Posted July 7th, 2007 by Sylvia S Tognetti and filed in Civics 101

It turns out, Dingell wasn’t just talking about the possibility of needing a carbon emission tax   fee a few weeks ago. OK, he hasn’t actually introduced a bill yet but, in the NYT this morning, he elaborates on his plans to introduce a bill, and says he is “counting on failure.” In other words, this will be an experiment intended to show that “Americans are not willing to face the real cost of reducing carbon dioxide emissions” and shake up the political debate about global warming. Responding to global warming or any other form of change ultimately rests on the capacity to make controversial decisions, which is what is really being put to the test here – so the heat is on!

I’m away from home so will unfortunately miss the just announced DC Live Earth concert but found out that there is a Live Earth Concert right here in Charleston SC – where I happen to be, with the lead performance by none other than Danielle Howle, who often plays in DC. She is a storyteller par excellence so maybe I’ll blog that later this evening. And just before that, none other than Stephen Colbert will make the first pitch – of a pint of “Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream” ice cream, to Jerry, (of Ben & Jerry’s), at the Riverdogs baseball game. Then he will be part of the radio broadcast for an inning of the game, and lead the crowd to sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” I may never make it home…. 

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