The benefits of reducing mercury emissions as determined by the Obama administration were $4 million to $6 million annually, and the costs of reducing such emissions was $7.4 billion to $9.6 billion annually. The costs were as much as 2,400 times greater than the benefits.
Rep. Curt McCormack, an avid bike rider who doesn’t drive a car, has been named chair of the House Transportation Committee. He confirmed that his committee will try to develop more public transportation and other alternatives to cars, such as bike paths.
New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday proposed a blanket ban on thin plastic bags at store checkouts, attracting criticism from business groups and environmentalists alike.
Democrats are increasingly lining up behind New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s call for a “Green New Deal,” but few, if any, have talked about its actual impact on global warming.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who might run for president in 2020, called climate change our “biggest crisis of all” in a response to President Donald Trump’s border wall speech Tuesday night.
If Ocasio-Cortez’s call for “60 or 70 percent” top tax rates won’t pay for a “Green New Deal,” Democrats will likely have to come up with other ways, including a possible carbon tax, to pay for it.
The carbon tax hasn’t gained significant traction in the climate-conscious state of Vermont, but environmental activists have new approaches that could see progress in 2019.
The court declined to hear Exxon Mobil’s appeal of a Massachusetts high court decision allowing the state’s attorney general to continue her investigation into whether the oil giant misled people about the risks global warming regulations pose to its operations.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the avowed “democratic socialist” went with the predictable “tax the rich” formula in order to pay for a massive government program to combat climate change. But it would hardly be good news for most Americans if Ocasio-Cortez got her way.
New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-identified Democratic socialist, claimed the U.S. can implement her environmental agenda if the government taxes the very wealthy by as much as 70 percent.
As the anti-straw crusade appears to gain steam, it’s worth stopping for a moment to examine why such a seemingly trivial matter has become such a big deal.