There is a growing credibility gap between the seriousness of what we seem to be doing to our planet, and the green discourse and solutions offered. The challenge of saving our pied-à-terre is too big to allow the efforts needed to fall in the hands of other political agendas or pure rent-extracting environmentalism. To stand a chance we need to question all green proposals, without falling prey to a misguided sense of green solidarity. Stop the green waste!
Let us suppose a hefty carbon and gas tax was levied and all its revenues distributed equally among all citizens...(like a variable Universal Basic Income) Something along the lines of Climate Leadership Council's proposed Carbon Dividends Would that help the environment? Of course it would!
Would that help to reduce inequalities? Of course it would!
Such ideas have been proposed but why do they not get sufficient social traction?
The climate-change-fight profiteers, those so abundant in the frontlines of all environmental concerns, do not find that to be in their best interests.
The redistribution profiteers, those so abundant in the frontlines of all social concerns, and the political power grabbers, do not find that to be in their best interest.
Tell me, what do we do? A revenue neutral carbon tax is surely more important for the health of our planet than a couple of quite wishy washy Paris agreements.