The honest thing would be to show people what the deal is and allow them to make themselves an opinion and vote. In theory, that’s what I would ask any politician to do. OK, I am deluded now. That will never happen but the sheer gall to propose a policy to trick voters into a scheme that they clearly reject makes even more of a mockery of the electoral process. One thing they don’t count with is that it’s exactly this arrogance that leads to people like Donald Trump that will break all this crap with sledgehammer blows. We will see more Trump, we will see more Trumps and we will see more than Trump. It’s not because of Trump – it’s because of a self-entitled elite that has sold us out a long time ago and only schemes to preserve their perks.
Recent months have seen something of a turnaround in the conventional wisdom about how to address climate change. In December, on the weekend before the Swedish Academy presented the Nobel Prize to my uncle, the economist William Nordhaus, for his work on climate change and carbon taxes, France’s yellow vest movement flooded into the streets, shutting down Paris and other cities across the country and forcing President Emmanuel Macron to rescind the carbon tax he had recently imposed on transportation fuels.