The Price of the War on Growth

It’s been a big week for environmental extremists. President Obama and most world leaders trooped to Paris to pay homage to their models predicting doom for the planet while generally downplaying the more pressing threat of Islamist terrorism. The Paris climate change conference may well commit developed nations to both reduce their carbon emissions as well as to pay “reparations” to Third World governments. That will presumably compensate them for any limits on their activity as well as to make amends for the West’s sinful exploitation of fossil fuels as they built modern economies. The bill for that could amount to $100 billion per year with much of the cost being borne by the United States. But as New York Times economic columnist Eduardo Porter troubled to notice in his column today, these arrangements aren’t really what most of the ideologues driving the environmental movement are after.

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The Price of the War on Growth

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