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Hurting the Economy without Helping the Climate? We’ve Got this Inside-Out

Paul J. Gessing writes on National Review that many climate policies harm our economy while doing little to reduce emissions.

The C3 Take
  • Many of the climate policies that are being promoted by the Left do more to harm the economy than they good to our environment.
  • In America, we have seen first-hand that economic and environmental prosperity can go hand in hand.
  • Instead of harming our economy, America should hold global polluters like China accountable.

“While such decisions are undoubtedly popular with radical environmentalists and their well-funded allies, it is hard to see how they — or anyone likely to follow them — will achieve the reductions in CO2 emissions necessary to make any difference to the climate. Look, for example, at the impact of the Keystone XL pipeline decision. With no available pipeline, Canada and its oil producers will simply load their oil onto trains or trucks, relying instead on modes of transport that are more risky and less energy-efficient. Indeed, doing so will involve higher greenhouse-gas emissions than the pipeline would have, especially considering the pipeline developers’ recent promise to use only renewable energy to operate the project.”

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