Pielke and Green on Obama’s Climate Policy

November 22nd, 2008

Posted by: Roger Pielke, Jr.

In today’s Rocky Mountain News Chris Green and I have an op-ed on Obama’s climate policy plans. It starts as follows:

With the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States, debates over climate policy are going to get a much needed boost. The Obama plan for climate policy includes one very good idea – investment in new technologies and infrastructure – and one very bad one: cap-and-trade.

To understand why cap-and-trade is such a bad idea, we need only look to lessons from Europe’s experiences.

Please read the whole thing here. We welcome your comments.

One Response to “Pielke and Green on Obama’s Climate Policy”

  1. TokyoTom Says:

    Good for you, Roger. It’s nice to see you advocate a position, especially for carbon taxes over cap and trade (which is a politician’s/bureaucrat’s/rent-seeker’s dream). However, to avoid wasted expenditures/pork and to ensure political sustainability, I strongly prefer that any carbon tax revenue be rebated to citizens pro rata (like Jim Hansen): http://mises.org/Community/blogs/tokyotom/archive/2008/06/27/top-demagogues-jim-hansen-florida-power-exxon-aei-margo-thoring-major-economists-george-will-prefer-rebated-carbon-taxes.aspx.