Jon Adler takes progressives to task for not pursuing â€œconsensus solutionsâ€ to climate change.Â What might these consensus climate solutions be?Â Well, Jon insists that it would look something like a revenue-neutral carbon tax (such as is proposed by the superb Carbon Tax Center) instead of a â€œbig government solutionâ€ like Waxman-Markey.
Iâ€™m quite sympathetic to a revenue-neutral carbon tax.Â Unfortunately, Jonâ€™s allies on the right are not.Â As much as he would like to believe that there is a consensus here, there isnâ€™t.
Jonâ€™s favorite example of how the revenue-neutral carbon tax represents a consensus are proposals by such as Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC).Â Well, listen to what Rep. Inglis has to say about Republicans:
Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) . . . Â expressed his frustrations with the GOPâ€™s trajectory toward climate change denial Wednesday in a harsh rebuke that blasted his partyâ€™s hard-headed refusal to listen to scientific experts.
â€œ[Your child is sick and] 98 of the doctors say, â€˜Do this thing,â€™ two say, â€˜Do the other.â€™ So, itâ€™s on the record. And weâ€™re here with important decision to be made.â€ Inglis said of his partyâ€™s readiness to listen to minority dissenting voices on the issue. â€œThere are people who make a lot of money on talk radio and talk TV saying a lot of things. They slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night, and theyâ€™re experts on climate change. They substitute their judgment for people who have Ph.D.s and work tirelessly [on climate change].â€
Better yet, you can watch the whole thing:
Oh, and thereâ€™s an important reason why Inglis himself canâ€™t be the leader to achieve a â€œconsensus solutionâ€: he lost his primary to an extra right-winger by more than 40 points, in no small part because of his desire to reach â€œconsensus solutionsâ€ on issues like climate.
You can be a believer in making climate policy based on science, or you can be a Republican.Â You cannot be both.