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Jan 31, 2008

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Bubba

I can't begin to count the number of ways that an idea of "we have to slow down our economy to deal with 'global warming'" is wrong.

There's not enough time or space to list all the ways and all the details about just how wrong the idea is.

Ed Cone

Bill Clinton agrees with you that slowing our economy to deal with global warming is wrong.

Bubba

".....slowing our economy to deal with global warming is wrong."

The entirety of that is only one way out of many where the premise is wrong.

Brian Clarey

Taking quotes out of context is a dangerous, and ridiculously effective, business. A form of malpractice.

Jon

It appears Clinton is saying that is one thing we could do, but it's not really desirable because we could never get all those other countries to "agree to stay poor to save the planet for our grandchildren."

In all honesty, I cannot make much sense of what Clinton says here:

""The only way we can do this is if we get back in the world's fight against global warming and prove it is good economics that we will create more jobs to build a sustainable economy that saves the planet for our children and grandchildren. ... The only places in the world today in rich countries where you have rising wages and declining inequality are places that have generated more jobs than rich countries because they made a commitment we didn't. They got serious about a clean, efficient, green, independent energy future .... If you want that in America, if you want the millions of jobs that will come from it, if you would like to see a new energy trust fund to finance solar energy and wind energy and biomass and responsible bio-fuels and electric hybrid plug-in vehicles that will soon get 100 miles a gallon, if you want every facility in this country to be made maximally energy efficient that will create millions and millions and millions of jobs, [campaign pitch here]."

As best I can tell, Clinton is committing the broken-windows fallacy of economic analysis -- looking at the benefits only of a policy without considering opportunity cost (i.e., the "wrenching transformation" Gore spoke of in forcing all those changes involuntarily on society). That assumes he is not just stringing together campaign hot-topic phrases together in the fervor of the moment.

I hoped for a moment that perhaps he was going to make a case for adaption via economic growth, as was done by 100 climate scientists in their open letter to the UN Secretary General last month.

Jon

I misspoke. Make that 100 scientists and economists.

Roch101

"Taking quotes out of context is a dangerous, and ridiculously effective, business."

Indeed effective. Huh, Bob?

Roch101

I left a comment at Tappers blog saying that he didn't "parse," he lied and that if he wouldn't issue a retraction, ABC should fire him.

It got deleted.

Bubba

"Indeed effective. Huh, Bob?"

For you?

No. We're wise to that little technique.

Roch101

"We're wise to that little technique." -- Bob

You are? You swallowed it hook, line and sinker with: "I can't begin to count the number of ways that an idea of "we have to slow down our economy to deal with 'global warming'" is wrong."

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