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Myopic Green New Dealers need to look beyond America for a climate cure

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14.02.2019

If you are going to make fun, as I have, then you are eventually going to be asked what your plan is to combat the insane risks humanity is taking with the world’s climate.

The retort is an evergreen in policy debates. No doubt when skeptics raised questions about the efficacy of bleeding patients to cure their cholera or of burning witches to halt crop failures, someone was standing there with their head cocked at a righteous angle, saying, “Oh no? Well, what’s your plan, then?” Unfortunately, there is no law of universal symmetry by which the recognition of a problem automatically creates a feasible solution.

But as it happens, I do have a plan, one that recognizes the true scope of the problem — and therefore points in the opposite direction from the outdated, U.S.-centric approach taken by the Green New Deal resolution introduced last week by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). I’ll confess upfront that I’m far from sure my plan will work. I can only protest that it’s more likely to work than the myopic austerity of the enviro-socialists.

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Like all myopes, the Green New Dealers can see clearly only what’s........

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