Friday, May 08, 2009

Clive Hamilton "Nordhaus' Carbon Tax: An excuse for more delay?"

This email came through today on the climate-l listserve. Clive Hamilton explains why a carbon tax is not the solution to climate change. Originally from the Australia Institute, he has written a number of books that critique capitalism and consumerism (see list below). Well worth a read.

Anyway, here is the email:

William Nordhaus is perhaps the most influential US economist in the global warming debate. While climate scientists are calling for urgent and strong action, he has been urging a cautious response, stressing the high costs of cutting emissions and the uncertainties associated with climate change. This paper argues that his latest proposal for a carbon tax, based squarely on neoclassical economic assumptions, contravenes agreed international principles, exposes the environment to risk, accords unwarranted privilege to private over public decisions and would result in more years of delay before the world responds.

To read the paper please go to

Clive Hamilton

Senior Visiting Fellow
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
Yale University

List of books by Australian author Clive Hamilton (source Wiki):
  • Affluenza: When Too Much is Never Enough (2005)
  • Capitalist Industrialization in Korea
  • Growth, Efficiency and Fixed Capital in Linkage Analysis
  • Growth Fetish (2003)
  • Human Ecology, Human Economy: Ideas for an Ecologically Sustainable Future (1997)
  • Running from the Storm: The Development of Climate Change Policy in Australia
  • Scorcher: The Dirty Politics of Climate Change (2007)
  • Silencing Dissent: How the Australian Government is Controlling Public Opinion and Stifling Debate (2007)
  • The Economic Dynamics of Australian Industry (1992)
  • The ESD Process: Evaluating a Policy Experiment
  • The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics (2008)
  • The Mystic Economist (1994)
  • What's Left? The Death of Social Democracy (2006)

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Anonymous said...

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

Industrial Society is destroying necessary things [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land] for making unnecessary things [consumer goods].

"Growth Rate" - "Economy Rate" - "GDP"

These are figures of "Ecocide".
These are figures of "crimes against Nature".
These are figures of "destruction of Ecosystems".
These are figures of "Insanity, Abnormality and Criminality".

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature [Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land].

Destroy the system that has killed all ecosystems.

Destroy the society that plunders, exploits and kills earth 365 days of the year and then celebrates Earth Day.

Chief Seattle of the Indian Tribe had warned the destroyers of ecosystems way back in 1854 :

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
Only after the last river has been poisoned,
Only after the last fish has been caught,
Only then will you realize that you cannot eat money.

To read the complete article please follow any of these links.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment

Delhi, India

Knowledge is Power said...

You said that last time.

Just wondering what you thought of the piece?