March 14, 2014
At a hearing Thursday on the Keystone oil pipeline, James Hansen, former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress that 100 percent of the proceeds from a proposed carbon tax should go to the public, because liberals will try to use part of it to “make the government bigger.”
“An important point is that such legislation I think needs to be introduced by conservatives, because I’m afraid liberals will try to take part of the money to make the government bigger. Not one dime should go to the government. 100 percent should go to the public,” said Hansen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Hansen, a climate change activist, is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.
While working for NASA, Hansen testified before Congress in 1988 that a buildup of carbon dioxide was causing global warming. ”Global warming has reached a level such that we can ascribe with a high degree of confidence a cause and effect relationship between the greenhouse effect and observed warming,” he said at the time.
This article was posted: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 7:01 am