Climate Justice Alliance Rejects Carbon Tax

By John McClaughry
Here’s an unexpected contribution to the carbon tax debate from the Climate Justice Alliance, which describes itself as ”a collaborative of over 50 community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from an extractive economy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change.” Their 32 page report published online is a well-informed piece of work, although I don’t agree with their final position.
This report, say its authors, “provides in-depth context to why carbon market systems will not mitigate climate change, will not advance adaptation strategies, will not serve the most vulnerable communities facing climate change impacts and only protect the fossil fuel industry and corporations from taking real climate action.”
Further, “Carbon taxes will always be low, be evaded, do not cut pollution to the degree needed, and are greenwash. Under the rubric of carbon pricing, these cap-and-trade, carbon offsets, carbon tax systems are false solutions that do not cut emissions at source, create toxic hot spots, and result in land grabs and violations of human rights and rights of Indigenous peoples in the forest regions of developing countries.”
Their one sentence remedy is: simply keep fossil fuels in the ground. Then we’re supposed to find other ways to heat our homes and businesses and transport ourselves to work and school and church. I have my doubts about that.

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Meredith Angwin January 1, 2018 at 5:41 pm

This organization is particularly concerned with indigenous peoples, people of color, and women. It seems this organization has noted the “land grabs and violations of human rights” of parts of the renewable industry.

Perhaps related, perhaps not, you can see Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey speaking in favor of nuclear power, at about the 50 minute mark of this video. This is from about two years ago.

http://mediasite.yorkcast.com/webcast/Play/b446fa8734b4465fa71521b4d44eb3dd1d

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shazzam January 3, 2018 at 6:15 pm

”a collaborative of over 50 community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from an extractive economy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change.”

feeling like someone just threw-up on me ….

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