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Subject:  Re: Violent extortion in France... Date:  12/10/2018  9:44 PM
Author:  notehound Number:  548899 of 563080

Nothing is assured, but we can hope that driving a stake into the nonsense of man made global warming would go a long way in the restoration of international sanity.

BrerBear,

Without getting into an argument over whether climate change is the result of man's industrialization, automobiles, volcanoes, cow flatulence, or solar flares, it is obvious that the world is undergoing either a cyclical or an evolutionary phase of extreme temperatures and violent air currents. It is incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to adapt and, to the extent possible, limit our own pollution of the planet.

I personally would rather see environmentally-related taxes used for massive re-forestation, de-salination, and hardening the electrical grid against vulnerability to terrorists. If we don't fix the electrical infrastructure, it will be difficult to ensure that alternative energy generation sources can transmit that clean energy to where it is needed.

Perhaps the French would be less revolting if their tax monies to support clean energy were spent closer to home, rather than used for transfer payments to remote dictators who rarely distribute largesse to their underprivileged countrymen.

Denying the reality of climate change doesn't solve any more problems than does denying the fact that global warming cannot be reversed at this point. It is both too late and too far advanced to undo whatever forces are causing it.

However, that doesn't mean we shouldn't make every reasonable attempt to mitigate rather than exacerbate the problem, including re-foresting, implementing alternative energy products where feasible, and protecting ourselves from adverse effects by strengthening the energy infrastructure.

I'm pretty sure most people wouldn't object to being taxed to help themselves and their communities, if there is a direct and obvious connection between the money collected and an improvement of the lives of those paying it.
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