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The pandemic proved that ‘degrowth’ doesn’t help the planet

Dan Hannan writes in The Washington Examiner that the pandemic proved that degrowth doesn’t help the planet.

The C3 Take
  • Data shows that lockdowns from the pandemic only marginally reduced CO2 emissions.
  • In Kenya and Botswana the economic downturn from lockdowns led to increased poaching of animals such as giraffes and black rhinos.
  • Effective climate policy needs a rational cost-benefit analysis. A de-growth agenda that hurts prosperity while only marginally reducing emissions must be rejected.
  • In order to truly address climate change, we must embrace economic freedom and human flourishing.

“Enough. We need to snap out of the environmentalists’ superstitious, ‘if it isn’t hurting, it isn’t working’ hair-shirtery. We should aim to get richer and greener at the same time. That’s the magic of the market.”

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