Is the Carbon Tax an Idea Whose Time Has Come?
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The idea of addressing climate change with a carbon tax is hardly new, but it's suddenly gaining new popularity – and from some unusual quarters. The Wall Street Journal recently called "the carbon-tax crowd … a big tent, bringing together deficit hawks, growth mavens and climate worriers." Guest host Judy Muller hears from that big tent and asks them why, if this is such a popular idea, it can't get political traction. Also, the military is given power to arrest citizens in Egypt, and the death of Jenni Rivera, the California-born singer who made her mark in a male-dominated world of Mexican-American music.
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Military Given Power to Arrest Citizens in Egypt ()
Mohammed Morsi is getting tough on protestors in the run-up to a controversial referendum on a new constitution set for Saturday. The Egyptian President has ordered the military to maintain security and protect state institutions –and he’s given the army the power to arrest civilians. Earlier, he tried to calm public anger by annulling a decree that gave him enormous powers and by suspending a big sales tax increase. Jon Leyne is in Cairo for the BBC.
- Jon Leyne: BBC
Is the Carbon Tax an Idea Whose Time Has Come? ()
Environmentalists have long championed a carbon tax, imposed not just on gasoline, but on all fossil fuels, from coal used to generate electricity to diesel fuel used to power heavy equipment, as a way to address climate change. Now it’s winning the support of conservative think-tanks and even some oil companies, as a way to address the budget deficit. Is the tax a smart way to avert both global warming and the fiscal cliff? If so, then why isn't the Obama White House proposing it, and why is Congress so reluctant to consider it? Has hurricane Sandy changed any minds?
- Elizabeth Kolbert: New Yorker, @NewYorker
- Bob Inglis: Energy and Enterprise Initiative
- Marlo Lewis: Competitive Enterprise Institute, @ceidotorg
- Dan Lashof: Natural Resources Defense Council, @Dlashof
Mexican-American Singer Jenni Rivera Dies in Plane Crash ()
To her millions of fans, she was known simply as "Jenni." Jenni Rivera died Sunday in a plane crash in northern Mexico. The 43-year-old California-born singer became a superstar in the male-dominated genre of Banda music and had an enormous impact on the Mexican American music scene. Gustavo Arrellano is editor of the OC Weekly.
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