Avoid Energy and Global Warming Policies that Pose Greater Risks than Global Warming

Avoid Energy and Global Warming Policies that Pose Greater Risks than Global Warming

From Liberate to Stimulate: A Bipartisan Agenda to Restore Limited Government and Revive America's Economy
January 19, 2011

Liberate to Stimulate Index

Global warming has been described as the greatest threat facing mankind, but the policies designed to address global warming actually pose a much greater threat. The international and domestic policies to ration carbon-based energy would do—and are doing— little to slow carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but would have enormous costs. These costs would fall most heavily on poor people, not only in the United States, but also in the world's poorest nations. The correct approach is not energy rationing, but rather long-term technological transformation and building resiliency in developing societies by increasing their wealth.