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The Totalitarian Pipe Dream – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 7, 2018

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/12/thomas-dilorenzo/environmentalisms-totalitarian-pipe-dream/

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In a recent article at mises.org economist Robert Murphy reported on an interview with a global warming alarmist that was published at vox.com and concluded that: “For climate interventionists, new taxes are only the beginning.”  Murphy was alluding to the belief by some that the global warming hysterics will be satisfied with extortionate-level “carbon taxes” to deter energy use.  Not so, says Murphy:  “Every aspect of our lives, from our cars to our meals to our family sizes, affects global emissions – and therefore the interventionists want every tool at their disposal to control others.”

Today’s Green Party Platform provides some insights into what, in addition to oppressive carbon taxes, the watermelon socialists have in mind.  The following is a partial list.  Keep in mind that all of the following would be achieved by using the coercive levers of the state.

  • Phasing out the use of all fossil fuels by 2030.
  • Heavy carbon taxes of the sort that caused riots in France recently that were labeled an “insurrection” by the European press.
  • Just in case those sneaky capitalists want to import oil, there would be high tariffs on imported oil and gas
  • The use of “clean fuels” would be mandated.
  • Poorer countries would be given welfare payments, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers, because “they can no longer be permitted to develop in the same way we did” by using energy resources.

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For Climate Interventionists, New Taxes are Only the Beginning | Mises Institute

Posted by M. C. Fox on December 6, 2018

Say what you will about the climate policy discussions at Vox, but they don’t mince words. They come right out and tell you how much they want to micromanage every last detail of your life. 

https://mises.org/power-market/climate-interventionists-new-taxes-are-only-beginning

Robert P. Murphy

Among other results, this peek into the interventionist mentality should serve as a wake-up call for the few writers who keep charmingly calling on libertarians and conservatives to strike a carbon tax deal with progressive leftists. As the Roberts/Harvey discussion says quite plainly, a carbon tax is just one arrow in the quiver of those championing aggressive government intervention to slow climate change.

A Carbon Tax Is Not Enough

Let me validate the carbon tax claim first. Here’s the key exchange from the Vox interview: Read the rest of this entry »

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