Thursday, August 10, 2006

Enviro Good News

Here's a role for foundations - spreading the good news about the environment as a means of changing the current debate which seems stuck in the mode of "going to hell in a handbasket, why doing anything."

Gregg Easterbrook's Comment in this month's Atlantic proposes an alternative, "Here’s a different way of thinking about the greenhouse effect: that action to prevent runaway global warming may prove cheap, practical, effective, and totally consistent with economic growth." In "Some Convenient Truths," Easterbrook argues that global warming, which is essentially an air pollution problem, might be subject to the same kind of success that we've had in fighting smog, cutting CFCs and stopping acid rain. But we need to change the debate from the Democrats' doom and gloom and Republican's refusal to admit that regulations work.

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