RFK Jr.: Quitting Carbon Use Like 'Abolishing' Slavery
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wants to âabolishâ carbon usage and sees a direct comparison to the end of slavery.
According to Kennedy, âindustry and government warningsâ about avoiding âeconomic ruinâ should not be heeded because abolishing slavery did not cripple the British economy as was predicted âInstead of collapsing, as slaveryâs proponents had predicted,
âLord Puttnam recalled that precisely 200 years ago Parliament heard identical caveats during the debate over abolition of the slave trade. At that time slave commerce represented one-fourth of
Just a few sentences later, Kennedy explained, âToday, we donât need to abolish carbon as an energy source in order to see its inefficiencies starkly, or to understand that this addiction is the principal drag on American Capitalism.â Then he went out to promote outright âdecarbonization.â
Kennedy claimed that âeconomies reap immediate rewardsâ for ending carbon dependency and cited
In the article, Kennedy endorsed the creation of a cap-and-trade system because it is âmore effective than a carbon tax. It is also more palatable to politicians, who despise taxes and love markets.â According to him, âThis market-based approach has a proven track record.â
Yes, it has a track record â of failure. âGreenhouse-gas emissions are still rising in Europe despite lots of autographs on the Kyoto Protocol and an elaborate cap-and-trade system,â according to an April 2 post on the environmental blog of The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal blog entry addressed some of the problems when it asked, âSo what gives?
It also isnât a market because without government forcing a âcapâ there wouldnât be a âmarketâ for trading carbon permissions.
Kennedyâs op-ed called for major initiatives including cap and trade, generating electricity from wind from the Midwest or solar power from the Southwest, a new power grid and transmission system which he claimed would âwean the country from carbonâ for about a trillion dollars over 15 years.
The piece ended on a utopian note with Kennedy imagining that carbon abolition would result in
He didnât describe how the