Gates says ‘Robin Hood’ tax has part to play - FT.com
But pressed on which new taxes were most suited to financing development, he stressed that an FTT ranked behind tobacco duties, which are linked to health, and shipping and aviation fuel taxes which are associated with combating climate change. “If you took the money [from fuel taxes] and used it to help mitigate the damage [burning fuel] does to feeding their poor families in Africa . . . then you have a connection as you are using revenues from that activity to mitigate some of the damage caused.”Flashback: Bill Gates and Andy Revkin think you're stupid: They both imagine that you're ready to be lectured on energy efficiency by a guy who lives in a 66,000 square foot mansion
[Gates] More efficient use of energy is important.Are extremes increasing and if so why?
[Joseph D’Aleo] Again these journalists (the term is a stretch nowadays) and global warming scientists have no sense of history.
NBC’s Brian Williams in a special report after the Snowtober storm in the northeast said he did not remember weather like this when he grew up. Brian Williams grew up in Elmira, NY, born in 1959 so was a child during the snowy 1960s. He missed the hurricanes of the 1950s although his family lived in New Jersey then. He was a child when the tornado outbreaks of the 1960s and 1970s occurred and was likely in college (where his 18 college credits from Catholic University in DC likely did not include science) while he interned for Jimmy Carter’s administration when the great winters from 1976-1979 occurred.
...Some extremes of weather have been increasing even as the earth cools. But the causes are natural. La Ninas produce more winter cold and snows, more severe weather from fall through spring, more springtime flooding and summer droughts and heat waves, enhanced landfall hurricane threats with greater economic impact and declining global temperatures. Given the flip of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation to the cold mode which favors more La Ninas like this one, we may be looking back at recent decades when El Ninos dominated as the good old days when weather was unusually benign and favorable.