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Hope springs eternal.

September 1, 2014

The Australian government has voted to repeal its carbon tax, becoming the first major power to do so. For those (like us at IER) who believe carbon taxes harm consumers in exchange for no corresponding environmental benefits, the move signals benefit for the Australian people. Yet the episode also carries lessons for the U.S. debate: By showing the fragility of foreign participation in a carbon scheme, the Australians have also repealed the intellectual case for an American carbon tax.


It’s like a breath of fresh air to see this.  Perhaps there is some hope for Western Civilization.  While I’m all for being good stewards of this fabulous planet God has entrusted to our care, I’m also for some rationality as it pertains to man-made climate change.  Spending the staggering amounts of money that these schemes envision for the tiny changes that their own models indicate we can hope for and exempting the worst polluting nations just doesn’t make any sense at all.

Perhaps America will wake up, smell the coffee and emulate this bit of rationality from Australia.  Maybe Australians will get their guns back.  One can hope. 🙂


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