The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

The Rise and Fall of Hope and Change

Alexis de Toqueville

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money.
Alexis de Tocqueville

The United States Capitol Building

The United States Capitol Building

The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

The Continental Congress

The Continental Congress

George Washington at Valley Forge

George Washington at Valley Forge

Friday, December 16, 2011

History, Ideology, and U.S. Climate Policy: Beyond the Orthodoxies of Left and Right

From The Heritage Foundation and the Hudson Institute:

Natural Resources, Energy, Environment, & Science






History, Ideology, and U.S. Climate Policy: Beyond the Orthodoxies of Left and Right



by Lee Lane



Hudson Institute



December 13, 2011







Instead of demanding rigorous climate policy analysis, U.S. political leaders tend to cling to the dogmas of either the right or the left. Such rigorous analysis would probe the forces that have defeated or, worse, perverted, greenhouse gas (GHG) controls. It would explore other ways of lessening the risks of climate change and examine how the factors that have brought GHG control efforts to naught would affect these other strategies. Finally, it would scrutinize how major global trends might affect both climate change and the measures intended to counter it. Climate change does pose risks, yet those risks do not imply that massive social engineering for GHG control is either possible or desirable. As awareness of this reality sinks in among public intellectuals, a more serious policy discourse is likely to emerge.





URL: www.hudson.org/files/publications/LeeLaneClimatePolicyDec2011.pdf

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