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To combat global climate change, green activists and consumers are calling for major reductions in carbon emissions. Proponents argue that the effects of climate change, like the loss of rainfall and the spread of disease, will be catastrophic unless we act now. On the other hand, opponents say that this global issue cannot be addressed without international cooperation and spending vast American resources on emission programs misallocates resources without substantial benefit. Are reductions in carbon emissions worth the money?
For the motion
Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute and Author
Peter Huber is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute writing on the issues of drug development, energy, technology, and the law. Before joining... Read More
Author of the Bestsellers Cool It and The Skeptical Environmentalist
Bjorn was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2004, one of the "50 people who could save the planet" by... Read More
Emeritus Professor and Biogeographer from the University of London, UK
Although a scientist, for the past ten years Stott has also employed modern techniques of deconstruction to grand environmental narratives, like global... Read More
Against the motion
L. Hunter Lovins
President of Natural Capitalism Solutions
Natural Capitalism creates practical tools and strategies enabling companies, communities and countries to increase prosperity and quality of life... Read More
Author and Journalist
Tickell is the author of Kyoto2 (2008) in which he sets out a novel international framework for the control of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere... Read More
Global Chief Executive Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi
Werbach is regarded as one of the worlds premier experts in sustainability. At age 23, he was elected as the youngest president ever of the Sierra... Read More