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- Newsday OpEd: Rough winters and climate change — any connection?
- Talking Points
- The author is correct that climate change has led to more extreme weather, including more intense snowstorms.
- We have experienced record numbers of above average temperatures. Because we have become accustomed to the “new normal” of record highs, extremely cold days are especially noteworthy and startling to us because we see them so infrequently.
- The question now becomes: what will we do to respond to climate change?
- Economists, both conservative and liberal, agree that the best method would be a revenue-neutral carbon tax. With 100% of the funds returned to American households, a carbon tax would make fossil fuels cost what they should, instead of making taxpayers subsidize them. This also protects the American public and lets them decide the energy winners and losers instead of the government.
- This in turn could spur private investment in renewable energy andenergy efficiency and also create economic growth and jobs.
- Newsday Editorial: Editorial: Barack Obama should finally OK the Keystone XL pipeline
- Talking Points:
- Keystone pipeline is a bad idea. At a time when studies suggest we must leave 80 percent of the world’s fossil fuel reserves in the ground in order to avoid catastrophe, we should not be building infrastructure that makes it easier for extracted tar sands oil to get to market.
- Should the pipeline be approved, however, it is not the end of the world. In the end, the amount of tar sands oil that gets to market will be determined not by the presence of the pipeline, but by the demand for that oil.
- We can reduce the demand for that oil with a steadily-rising tax on carbon that makes it economically undesirable.
- Goldberg: It’s time to approve the Keystone XL pipeline
- Similar talking points as above re: Obama and KXL
- The President’s State of the Union address and what he said on Climate Change.