Economic Synopses

How not to answer the question "Why are carbon taxes unpopular with policymakers and politicians?"

I received the question “Why are carbon taxes unpopular with policymakers and politicians?” from a follower on Twitter recently (give me a follow @tim_env_econ). So, I had the brilliant idea to compare how I would answer the question compared to how the new trendy AI-bot ChaptGPT would answer (and I’m thinking to have a contest to see if you could tell if the answer is me or AI). Unfortunately, ChatGPT seems to be overwhelmed right now and is just giving me a sonnet:

Amidst the rush of curious minds, The chatbot ChatGPT stands strong and true, Withstanding the influx of requests, Working hard to fulfill each one’s due. But alas, the server cannot cope, And the error message rings loud and clear, “Please check back soon,” it gently hopes, As it begs for a moment’s reprieve, to reappear. As the chatbot works to restore its might, We wait in anticipation, with hopeful hearts, For the chance to chat and learn, with delight, And see what knowledge and wisdom it imparts. So hold on tight, and wait for its return, For ChatGPT will soon be back, and your patience will be well-earned.

Oh well. I guess you’re going to have to wait to see if I’m smarter than AI.

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