I do not believe in special "sin" taxes on moral behavior that does not harm others. While I have no problem with trying to convince someone not to smoke (I do not and never have smoked), I do not believe in punishing people simply because you do not agree with their behavior. Smokers have never bothered me.
BTW you just made the argument that "sin" taxes punish the poor. Why do you want to punish the poor?
1. Using that logic water is also pollution. Saying CO2 is not pollution is not simplistic because the comparison to what people consider to be pollution (smog ect...) happens frequently, especially in climate debates.
2. If you are smoking on private property then the other people have a choice not to be there. I agree that governments should not pay for healthcare.
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MBH98/99 has been extensively shown to wrong in the peer-reviewed literature,
Corrections to the Mann et al (1998) Proxy Data Base and Northern Hemisphere Average Temperature Series
(Energy & Environment, Volume 14, Number 6, pp. 751-771, November 2003)
- Stephen McIntyre, Ross McKitrick
A Statistical Analysis of Multiple Temperature Proxies: Are Reconstructions of Surface Temperatures Over the Last 1000 Years Reliable?
(Annals of Applied Statistics, Volume 5, Number 1, pp 5-44, March 2011)
- Blakeley B. McShane, Abraham J. Wyner
"Simulations with red noise do lead to hockey sticks. McIntyre and McKitrick’s criticism on the hockey stick from 1998 is entirely valid on this particular point." - Hans von Storch, Ph.D. Climate Statistics Specialist
"It therefore seems crazy that the MBH hockey stick has been given such prominence and that a group of influential climate scientists have doggedly defended a piece of dubious statistics." - Ian Jolliffe, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Statistics
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