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Policies Meant to Address Climate Change Can Worsen Human Suffering

Philip Rosetti and Robert G. Eccles write in RealClearEnergy that climate policies must improve human livelihoods.

The C3 Take
  • Climate policymaking often focuses on “saving the planet at all costs,” which is a dangerous line of thinking that could hurt human prosperity.
  • Climate policies will only be successful if they generate buy-in from consumers and voters.
  • Understanding this, lawmakers should embrace policies rooted in economic freedom which lower costs, reduce emissions, and accelerate human flourishing.

“It’s time to move beyond ‘save the planet no matter what the cost’ to ‘saving the planet is about protecting the people on it in both the short and long term.’ If we don’t accept this reframing, policies meant to reduce human suffering by addressing climate change can actually make that suffering worse. In the end, voters own this issue. We cannot support politicians based on slogans. We must hold them accountable for the results of their policies, taking all relevant factors into account.”

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The views and opinions expressed are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of C3.

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