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  • The Global Warming International Flight Tax

    As liberal environmentalists and tax-happy politicians scheme over strategies to hike international flight rates to raise funds to address alleged global warming, North Dakotans are celebrating snowfalls in June. Anomalies like snow in June certainly don’t refute that the planet is warming, but there does exist a widening of disconnect between hard evidence indicating global warming and the policy prescriptions designed in its name.

    This new levy on international air travel, proposed by a coalition of the world’s 50 least developed nations, intends to raise money from wealthy countries in order to finance anti-climate change campaigns in those too poor to develop and implement such plans of their own. From the Guardian:

    Developing countries, backed by the UN, argue that they will need hundreds of billions of dollars a year to adapt themselves to climate-related disasters, loss of crops and water supplies, which they are already experiencing as temperatures around the world rise.”

    Apparently, with a little “ingenuity,” the UN climate geniuses have discovered that it’s quite easy to raise money via taxation. This brainstorming on revenue-raising has taken place in full ignorance of potential unintended consequences. Taxes such as those in question may prompt changes in corporate policies surrounding international travel. If air travel costs more, companies may choose to have their representatives instead use videoconferences.

    To the extent that companies continue to use air travel internationally, the inevitable result will be cost-shifting onto consumers. Such cost-shifting will result in what is effectively a regressive tax policy, disproportionately affecting lower-income families. And faced with a shortfall in tax revenue, the global warming gurus at the UN will no doubt find themselves devising yet more economically distortionary interventions to finance their agenda.

    Leaving aside these problematic considerations, the new proposals carry within them several familiar implicit assumptions. For instance, global warming is not only man-caused, but caused in fact by the past industrialization of the West in particular. Therefore, the West is responsible for the ecological catastrophes wrecked by its legacy of pollution and exploitation.

    Never mind the highly arguable nature of such claims, particularly the question of whether the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) recommendations upon which all of these plans are based are as rock-solid as global warming alarmists claim it to be.

    The most prominent of these recommendations was a statement in 2007 that human activity is “very likely” causing global warming. But a conference hosted last week by The Heartland Institute and attended by over 250 scholars and analysts from all over the world casts some healthy skepticism on the IPCC’s apparent confidence.

    For example, Dr. Roy Spencer, a professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, pointed out that the IPCC failed to consider such major factors as the role of cloud cover in affecting climate change. Cloud cover reduces the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth surface and therefore plays a significant role in the affecting global temperature. Needless to say, it is significant factor to consider in any realistic assessment of global warming. Oversights such as this, Spencer contends, draw into question the comprehensiveness of the IPCC’s findings as well as its heavy reliance on computer-based models. He writes:

    Even though they never say so, the IPCC has simply assumed that the average cloud cover of the Earth does not change, century after century. This is a totally arbitrary assumption, and given the chaotic variations that the ocean and atmosphere circulations are capable of, it is probably wrong. Little more than a 1% change in cloud cover up or down, and sustained over many decades, could cause events such as the Medieval Warm Period or the Little Ice Age… As far as I know, the IPCC has never discussed their assumption that global average cloud cover always stays the same.”

    Yet Congress, The Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations, and other countries’ governments are intent on significantly alter the peoples’ everyday behavior.

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    6 Responses to The Global Warming International Flight Tax

    1. Bruce, McKinney, TX says:

      It is not mentioned in the article that the output of the sun has changed and is correlated to corresponding changes in temperature of our planet as well as the rest of the solar system. Measurements of this kind were taken at various points throughout our solar system and, relative to distance from the sun, had proportional amounts of radiation increase or decrease at the same time.

      Consider the sources of CO2 on earth as measured now and human activity's output is near the bottom of the list. One good-sized volcanic eruption over a couple of days will dump more CO2, NO2, SO3, and other greenhouse and noxtious gases into the air that humans have ever produced combined.

      The bottom line is that we have not and cannot change the climate of the Earth even if we wanted to.

      The real discovery here is the desire to make the "haves" give up their success and give it to the "have nots" (or the do nothings) in bringing them all to the same level. History shows that this level will be unsustainably low and result in a world-wide economic depression at best and total collapse at worst.

      Efficiency is a great goal and everyone (or most) should work towards getting there as a matter of social change (recycling). Doing it thinking that "this is going to save the Earth" is buying into the line of nonsensical thinking that the results are shown above.

      Just follow the money as it leaves your wallet and ends up in the bank account of a 3rd-rate dictator in an insignificant hell hole while the people of the same country see very little improvement and continue to suffer.

    2. Paul Rost, Albuquerq says:

      Thank you, Heritage, for all you do for those of us with limited access to the types of information you provide. Citizens in general know so little about this global warming issue that without help, it is easy to get sucked into the frenzy.

    3. AntonioSosa says:

      I also would like to thank The Heritage Foundation for helping us keep informed, particularly when the mainstream media is bent on helping Obama force us to swallow the global-warming/cap-and-trade scam, more fraudulent than any Nigerian scam.

      Please investigate and report also on "Catholic" organizations such as the Catholic Climate Covenant (http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/about-us/contact-us/), under the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, which are trying to convince Catholics to support the man-made global-warming/ “Cap-and-Trade” scheme.

      During the latest Presidential campaign, several “Catholic” organizations funded by George Soros — the Catholic Left, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics United and Catholics for Choice — worked hard to sugarcoat abortion and make Obama seem almost pro-life. They succeeded in convincing many Catholics to vote for Obama.

      Is George Soros behind "Catholic" organizations such as the Catholic Climate Covenant?

    4. Pingback: » Financial News Update - 06/09/09 NoisyRoom.net: “Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in the face of tyranny is no virtue.” Barry Goldwater

    5. Matthew, Long beach, says:

      It's strange how with all these IPCC studies, none of them point out that the Earth has cooled in the last ten years, or that the hottest years on record were in the 1930's. Look it up.

      This levy is yet another tax which will bankrupt more companies due to less travel. Agenda 21.

    6. Barb -mn says:

      "Hope" to all Christians be reminded that our Creator provided the earth with all that is necessary for our time of life, our survival, along with freedom, liberty and prosperity.

      It is arrogant and greed to suggest man creates global warming, climate change when the existence and the climate change of the earth was here before man. Please don't be tempted to follow like sheep, those whose arrogance and greed is insulting and against God's Will. The government is now the works of evil and not appointed by God.

      a government fabrication of make-crisis for the EPA, UN and the governments of the world to set the people up for world government.

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