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Reader comment on: Conservatism's Green Roots

Submitted by David Wise, Sep 8, 2009 16:14

The concept of cap-and-trade is indeed consistent with conservative market-oriented principles, and conservation is certainly consistent with conservatism, but that's not the end of the story. First, once the Government starts doling out certificates based on political criteria, then non-market forces enter the equation, and there are endless opportunities for abuse. Secondly, there remain huge questions about the connection between CO2 emissions and global warning, whether governmentally mandated cut-backs on CO2 emissions will really significantly affect future warming even if CO2 is the cause of global warming, and whether there are not more efficient ways to address the problem of global warming than emission cut-backs.

I agree that conservatives should not attach sound ideas simply because liberals embrace them. On the other hand, we should not embrace bad ideas simply to look good in the eyes of liberals.


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