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Major Reductions in Carbon Emissions are Not Worth the Money

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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?

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Peter Huber

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

Bjorn Lomborg

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

Philip Stott

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

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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

Oliver Tickell

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

Adam Werbach

Global Chief Executive Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi

Werbach is regarded as one of the world’s premier experts in sustainability. At age 23, he was elected as the youngest president ever of the Sierra... Read More

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