GOP Proposes American Families Pay $500 a Year to Just Let Climate Change Happen

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A great post over at Climate Progress points out that while Senators Boxer and Kerry are unveiling their version of the climate bill today, Republicans are holding a press conference to advocate doing nothing about climate change, doing nothing to increase energy efficiency, doing nothing about the nation's growing reliance on foreign oil, and doing nothing about rising energy costs. According to Mr. Romm's calculations (he used to work for the Dept. of Energy in the Clinton era), by proposing we do nothing about energy, the GOP would cost American families nearly $10,000 by 2030--and the cost to their children would be trillions more.Before we go any further, I think it's extremely important we note this message, as cries of partisanship will certainly be leveled at posts like this: (From CP):

The nation's energy and climate problems have reached the point where obstructionist politicians cannot be given a free pass to simply criticize those attempting to solve those problems while offering no credible alternatives or business-as-usual policies.
Now, it just so happens that the energy and climate problems Romm refers to have a real cost to American families, and that preventing action to curb them will be expensive. He says that while the GOP has attempted to frame climate legislation as an 'energy tax,' it's really they who are levying the tax.
a double tax, really, since doing nothing on climate and clean energy is the one certain way to ensure

  1. Our energy bills soar just as they did under the do-nothing policies of George W. Bush and the conservative-led Congress and

  2. Our children are saddled with the staggering cost of desperately trying to adapt to catastrophic global warming.

  • And Joe breaks down how some of those 'staggering costs' can be averted:
    We know that if the final energy and climate bill that hits Obama's desk retains the energy-saving provisions of the House bill, it could save $3,900 per household by 2030 and would cut the U.S. foreign oil bill $650 billion through 2030, saving $5,600 per household.
    And as for the probable cost of dealing with climate change, should we allow the worst of it to occur by failing to curb emissions?
    In fact, a more rigorous new analysis by top "scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change" found the "net present value of climate change impacts" of $1240 TRILLION on current emissions path, making mitigation to under 450 ppm a must. Doing nothing thus imposes an unimaginable burden -- a multi-trillion dollar carbon pollution tax -- on our children and grandchildren.
    So just keep that in mind as you watch the GOP begin to form its stiff opposition to the Boxer/Kerry climate bill in the Senate. What do they suggest we do to curb oil imports and rising energy costs?


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