UPDATE: (2 Days to go. Hug your loved ones. Drive a gas guzzler. The end is almost here.)
Forget the Mayans, they were a bunch of chumps who wore their headgear inside out. It takes a scientist to nail down the real date when the world ends.
January 17, 2013.
James Hansen, the man who looked at Venus and decided that it was once just like Earth before the Venusians built too many smokestacks and ruined it all, gave a very timely warning back on January 17, 2009. (via American Digest)
Barack Obama has only four years to save the world. That is the stark assessment of Nasa scientist and leading climate expert Jim Hansen who last week warned only urgent action by the new president could halt the devastating climate change that now threatens Earth. Crucially, that action will have to be taken within Obama’s first administration, he added.
And sadly, while the EPA did courageously attempt to regulate water as a pollutant and killed a bunch of coal plants, shale oil took off and all the good work was undone.
Now in 3 days, we must look forward to the end of the world. Pack your bags. Bundle up your cats, dogs, penguins and cleaning robots into the SUV and drive north into the ice gloriously blasting pollution in your wake while tossing soda cans out the window because it no longer matters… the world is doomed.
And isn’t that liberating?
But like every false prophet, James Hansen, who reads the future of earth in Venus, has found a new date for doomsday. It’s the date when Canada unleashes the terrible fury of its tar sands.
In the spring of 2012, Hansen warned, “If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.”
Game over indeed and we’re not just talking hockey season here. “If we were to fully exploit this new oil source,” James Hansen proclaimed, while waving a megaphone in the middle of an abandoned shopping mall. “Sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planet’s species would be driven to extinction.”
This is absolutely a real crisis and not some goofy wealth redistributive scheme. There’s only one way out. We have to…
“We should impose a gradually rising carbon fee, collected from fossil fuel companies, then distribute 100 percent of the collections to all Americans on a per-capita basis every month. The government would not get a penny. This market-based approach would stimulate innovation, jobs and economic growth, avoid enlarging government or having it pick winners or losers. Most Americans, except the heaviest energy users, would get more back than they paid in increased prices.”
And then we can stop obesity by adding a whopping tax to food… and then distribute that tax evenly per capita to all Americans so that it all evens out… except for those people who eat.
And we can get rid of for-profit doom criers by adding a tax to fake predictions of armageddon and distribute the fee per capita to every American who didn’t predict the end of the world.
This market-based approach would reward innovation, industry and pick the losers who keep predicting the end of the world without delivering.
Yes Al, we’re looking at you too.