Dan Kammen on Trump, Tillerson, and Carbon Taxes

February 1, 2017

Physicist Dan Kammen of UC Berkeley is someone I have been trying to interview for several years.
I finally got to sit down with him at December’s American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco.  This is just a small sampling – there is lots, lots more.

8 Responses to “Dan Kammen on Trump, Tillerson, and Carbon Taxes”

  1. stephengn1 Says:

    It seems to me that Trump has made a major mistake in alienating Silicon Valley. If today’s authoritarianism is based in the digital world, it would seem unwise to anger those who have a large hand in creating that world

    • webej Says:

      Trump cannot but anger Silicon Valley, who have shown far more bias towards progressive issues than, say, utilities or retail. The spate about HB1 visa’s is a drop in the bucket, and is symbolically and ideologically more important than the measure itself. Tech companies are not reliant on super cheap labor to compete, and the actual results of government intervention have yet to be seen.

  2. greenman3610 Says:

    • webej Says:

      It’s questionable whether tech companies’valuations are realistic and will stand up to fundamentals in the longer term. On the other hand, the valuations of fossil fuel companies will also be sliding if the world mounts serious actions on climate change.

    • Gingerbaker Says:


      The Left is going to need to consolidate and synergize whatever power, influence, moneys, and political will they have if they (and our Democracy) are going to survive.

      The Republicans are a highly organized, highly synchronized, highly regimented message machine. They have been honing the fine art of the use of messaging to move public opinion for 50 years now, and let’s face it – they are fricking masters at it.

      The Left is going to have to figure out what they bloody well stand for, and it too needs to be a fifty year platform that will move public opinion to where it needs to be, instead of pathetically triangulating their messaging based on focus groups and opinion polls.

      It’s good to hear Mike Roddy talking about encouraging prospects for progressive political financing, but Democrats need to get a ****ing clue about party unity and how to generate campaign issues proactively. This is not just about playing “hardball”; this is about bringing a broken slingshot to a gunfight. Democrats – you have been outplayed massively, decisively, and embarrassingly by a party that does not have a single good idea about how to improve the lives of citizens.

  3. I’ve been trying to bang this drum for a while.

    The citizens climate lobby is making some headway with the notion of a revenue neutral carbon tax.

    We desperately need the democrats to take up this policy option and try and sell it. As Kammen says, Tillerson has already declared it his preferred option and I believe it’s the only way to get more Republicans on board.

    Surely we can make progress with a policy proposal that has the support of Tillerson, Tony Abbott and James Hansen.


  4. Lionel Smith Says:

    I have been reading Mike Roddy’s comments at Real Climate, he being a regular there, and elsewhere for years with appreciation and respect.

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