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April 24, 2009

Weekend Reading 31

A good article in City Journal about the futility of trying to limit carbon emissions. The author argues for improving sequestration (removing CO2 from the atmosphere).

Bound to Burn

We rich people can't stop the world's 5 billion poor people from burning the couple of trillion tons of cheap carbon that they have within easy reach. We can't even make any durable dent in global emissions—because emissions from the developing world are growing too fast, because the other 80 percent of humanity desperately needs cheap energy, and because we and they are now part of the same global economy. What we can do, if we're foolish enough, is let carbon worries send our jobs and industries to their shores, making them grow even faster, and their carbon emissions faster still.

We don't control the global supply of carbon.

Posted by joke du jour at April 24, 2009 06:37 PM

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