Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Carbon tax opposition

Everything about the Fox News segment above is lamentable, from the graphics at its outset ("Regulation Nation" with a rubber stamp voiding "jobs") through the end of Steve Doocy's interview with Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.). Doocy explains that a carbon tax involves taxing "things that go up in the air" and is "crazy." Upton manages to mis-describe a carbon tax as the same thing the Democrats failed to pass in 2010, thus conflating it with a cap-and-trade system; he vows to stop this "mole" from rearing its head ever again, cheerfully ignoring his own past contention that everything should be on the table for reducing carbon emissions. No viewer who watches this comes away with any better sense of what's involved, what the choices and tradeoffs actually are. It's all just "crazy" and deeply stupid.

No comments: