James Hansen on the Carbon Tax
May 24, 2016
Adding yet another clip from my lengthy interview with James Hansen at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. Here, Dr. Hansen speaks in simple, politically astute terms about how best to put a price on carbon.
We are already paying a carbon tax, with the lungs, brains, and organs of our citizens, and it is costing us billions. It’s time we face up to consciously pricing fossil fuels so that we can make market based, rational decisions on our energy policy.
This vid is the newest addition to my playlist of Scientists Interviews on Climate Change, the playlist Slate’s Bad Astronomer Phil Plait recently called a “great resource”:
These really are terrific. If you get confronted by some head-in-the-sand science denier who swears satellite measurements are better than in situ thermometers on the ground, who thinks the Earth hasn’t warmed since 1998, who thinks the Wall Street Journal is a legit source of climate change information, then check these videos out. They’ll help.
The list now contains 143 informative, brief, and understandable interviews, mostly by myself, of leading scientists on climate’s most important questions.
This is my life’s work now – and includes hundreds more videos of various lengths on various topics, from scientists famous and obscure, on topics familiar and arcane. I believe that hundreds of years from now, historians wanting to know how human beings made, or failed to make, the most significant human decision in planetary history, they’ll want to review these recordings of this century’s most well informed observers.
One way or another, I’m going to continue to make it happen, but with help from readers and viewers, I can stretch farther, do more, and bring better resources to a larger audience.
Below, Hansen in the same interview, discussing his most recent research on ice melt and sea level rise.