Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Green & Smart in the NY Post

Glenn Reynolds' column in the New York Post should make sense no matter what you think of Al Gore.
* Reducing carbon emissions by making people poorer will never happen. Just ask people in China - now the world's No. 1 carbon emitter - how interested they are in returning to the economic conditions they suffered a few decades ago when their carbon emissions were lower.

* Burning fossil fuels is a lousy idea for reasons that have nothing to do with global warming. These hydrocarbons offer important applications as fertilizers and chemical feedstocks, making it foolish to burn them for fuel.

* New technologies are generally cleaner, safer and more efficient than old ones.

Read the whole thing. Ultimately, new technology holds the greatest promise for a cleaner world.

Hattip: Jim Lindgren at the Volokh Conspiracy.

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