Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tol on Stern: an exercise... in policy-based evidence making

This article caught my eye primarily as a paper on economics by an MP (Peter Lilley is a British Conservative Party MP) getting a forward written by Benjamin Tol.  
That it is published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), and released on the same day as a UK Cabinet shuffle, is also interesting.

Was Stern 'wrong for the right reasons' ... or just wrong? • The Register:
"For an issue that is discussed in stark moral terms – good guys favour cutting carbon emissions, and bad guys don't – things are not what they seem, suggests former Cabinet Minister Peter Lilley. Poverty is the greatest killer on the planet, robbing societies of the ability to protect themselves, and look after their most vulnerable. A legacy of our obsession to cut carbon dioxide emissions aggressively may be to trap billions in poverty, and the avoidable suffering that goes with it."
Read the article at The Register ...

The full "What is Wrong with Stern?" study is here (.pdf)

Many of the arguments I've encountered before, likely through Bjorn Lomborg (who Tol has worked with).  I checked up on worldwide poverty reduction statistics since Lomborg delivered his TED talk in 2005 on "the biggest problems in the world."
I'd suggest the solutions Lomborg suggested were priorities, over 7 years ago, were addressed as priorities.

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