Off-set your infidelity by paying someone else to be faithful. Just as good as carbon off-setting. http://visionon.tv http://climatecamp.org.uk
Editor's note: While climate change is indisputably real, two of the most prominent solutions promoted by big business are, as you'd expect, short-sighted half-measures invented to profit off of climate change without addressing the root problem. While Carbon Offsetting and Cap and Trade are both false green-washing faux-solutions, this isn't evidence of any global conspiracy or evidence that climate change isn't real; rather, it's the same old greed game we're all too familiar with.
Watch the best documentary about carbon offsets and cap and trade (which argues that real, root-problem solutions are needed to reverse climate change):
Trading on Thin Air explains the methods used by the financial oligarchy to extract the wealth of the nation and how the same strategy is being used to subvert a movement for conservation and sustainability and harness it to create the next big bubble.
Watch the best short film debunking "Cap and Trade":
The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the "devils in the details" in current cap and tradeproposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from whats really...
The Simple Math: 4 Facts We Need to Understand
- The only thing the world’s nations could agree upon at the failed climate change conference in Copenhagen in 2009 was that it would become extremely difficult to sustain civilized life if global temperature rose more than 2 degrees Celsius.
- We’ve already raised global temperature by 1 degree.
- In order to avoid topping the 2-degree limit we cannot emit more than 565 more gigatons of CO2 into our atmosphere before 2050.
- Fossil fuel companies already have known reserves of coal, oil and gas that, if burned, would produce 5 times more pollution than the 565 gigaton ceiling." - Bill McKibben: The 350 Parts Per Million Solution?
The Best Policy Solution Proposed So Far? Tax & Dividend
100% dividends or fight! No alligator shoes!
By James Hansen, NASA
Tax and 100% dividend can drive innovation and economic growth with a snow-balling effect. Carbon emissions will plummet far faster than in top-down or Manhattan projects. A clean environment that supports all life on the planet can be restored.
The entire carbon tax should be returned to the public, with monthly deposits to their bank accounts, an equal share to each person. No bureaucracy is needed to figure this out. If the initial carbon tax averages $1,200 per person per year, $100 is deposited in each account each month.
A carbon tax will raise energy prices, but lower and middle-income people will find ways to reduce carbon emissions so as to come out ahead. Product demand will spur economic activity and innovation. Effects will permeate society. There will be a growing price incentive for life style changes needed for sustainable living.
The present political approach is to set carbon emission reduction goals for 2025 or 2050. The politicians do not expect the goals to be reached, and they define escape hatches that guarantee they will not. They expect to be retired before the day of reckoning. The goals are mainly for bragging rights.
Carbon tax and 100% dividend, on the contrary, will be a breath of fresh air, a boon and boom for the economy. The tax is progressive, the poorest benefiting most, with profligate energy users forced to pay for their excesses.
Special interests and their lobbyists in alligator shoes will fight carbon tax and 100% dividend tooth and nail. They want to determine who gets your tax money in the usual Washington way, substituting their judgment for that of the market place.
But we can save the planet and alligators by making sure that not one thin dime of the carbon tax is siphoned off by lobbyists for their clients — 100% must be returned to citizens as dividends. Make this your motto: “100% or fight! No alligator shoes!”