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"Hansen's solutions describe the hopeful fantasy world he lives in."

Right - Hansen's hope is pinned on the effectiveness of his "fee-and-dividend" carbon tax. He's a moderate Republican, after all, and a guided market plus economic growth solves everything. It's the "silo effect" in higher learning these days. The most advanced are often really, really knowledgeable in one area of learning, and weak in all the other areas - so, they often just put blind faith in the weaker areas according to their own needs.

There was an article a while back that had a notable quote in it:

“The higher the income, the higher the carbon emissions per capita,” Hubacek says. “One has to think about what increase in income can we afford in a world that has a finite capacity to absorb carbon.”

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