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Al Gore: How about a big new carbon tax to solve both the fiscal and "climate" cliffs?

Leave it to everybody’s favorite spotted owl to tie the fiscal cliff to his imaginary man-made global warming crusade.

"It will be difficult for sure but we can back away from the fiscal cliff and the climate cliff at the same time," Gore said in an interview with The Guardian. "One way is with a carbon tax.”…

Gore’s idea of a carbon tax is aimed at climate change rather than reducing the debt. Gore proposed that the carbon tax could be paired with reductions in income tax.

"The most direct policy solution to the climate crisis is a carbon tax, offset by reductions in taxes on wages," Gore said. "By including the carbon tax in the solution to the fiscal cliff we can [get] away from the climate cliff."

Gore said President Obama’s reelection gave the president a mandate to enact his agenda. Obama won the Electoral College 332 to 206 over Mitt Romney, and Obama referenced climate change in his victory speech last week.

"I think all who look at these circumstances should agree that President Obama does have a mandate, should he choose to use it, to act boldly to solve the climate crisis, to begin solving it," Gore said.

Gore also said it would be “insane” to open the Keystone XL oil pipeline and called tar sands the dirtiest source of liquid fuel. 

No talk of spending reductions, just the imposition of an economy killing tax on reliable energy production which, presumably, will solve all of our nation’s problems. And forget about that "insane" Keystone Pipeline. Let China and other more deserving countries have access to all that Canadian oil. We don’t need their stinkin’ oil. Right?

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