March 14, 2014
At a hearing Thursday on the Keystone oil pipeline, James Hansen, former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified before Congress that 100 percent of the proceeds from a proposed carbon tax should go to the public, because liberals will try to use part of it to “make the government bigger.”
“An important point is that such legislation I think needs to be introduced by conservatives, because I’m afraid liberals will try to take part of the money to make the government bigger. Not one dime should go to the government. 100 percent should go to the public,” said Hansen told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Hansen, a climate change activist, is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.