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To climate change advocates: a wager

June 29, 2009

On Friday, the House passed a cap & trade bill. The bill is likely to die in the Senate, thankfully. But still, we should remember these 8 GOP Congressmen as we consider the future economic costs of taxing the very air we exhale:

Bono Mack (CA) (202) 225-5330
Castle (DE) (202) 225-4165
Kirk (IL) (202) 225-4385 (And he’s seriously considering running for Senate!)
Lance (NJ) (202) 225-5361
LoBiondo (NJ) (202) 225-6572
McHugh (NY) (202) 225-4611
Reichert (WA) (202) 225-7761
Smith (NJ) (202) 225-3765

List comes from She was also one of the first to spotlight the EPA report that we’re not supposed to see.  Seems that the EPA isn’t interested in the findings of their own scientists on this matter.

But, all of this keeps climate change in the realm of the abstract. What we need is a way to make climate change a real issue for individuals like you and me, right? Only then will we realize how serious the threat is. So, here’s my proposal.

If you’re really sure that climate change is going to cause higher ocean levels and widespread destruction, then surely you can support your belief with your wallet. I suggest that we meet in Times Square, 30 years from now. If Times Square is underwater, or partly underwater, or if New York had to build dikes to hold back the water, I’ll pay you $100. If the oceans have NOT overwhelmed the city, then you pay me $1. If you don’t like the odds, I’ll double them, to $200 to $1. If the time scale is the problem, we can change it to any number of years. Are you willing to back up your convictions with your money?

Feel free to pass this along to friends, I’m happy to welcome any takers for this wager. If Paul Krugman is convinced that people who oppose the cap & trade bill commit “treason against the planet”, then perhaps he’ll be first in line. I wonder if Krugman realizes that he’s calling Greenpeace traitors to the planet now?

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