Paul Krugman: An Affordable Salvation

Krugman, the Nobel Laureate in economics says we can afford a cap and trade policy on carbon emissions-

An Affordable Salvation by Paul Krugman. New York Times op ed

Congress is debating the climate change bill right now. Cap and trade is a market based method of controlling carbon emissions. That means “free market” conservatives will probably support it, right? Think again.

It’s amusing to see the conservative distortion of Krugman’s position. Take this right wing Idaho blog, for example, Krugman on Climate Change Costs. Right Mind.

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If climate change efforts prove too costly, it won’t be because of mechanisms like cap and trade, or my preference, pollution taxes. It will be because the no carbon energy technologies adopted prove to have too many harmful environmental or national security defects, such as building huge, remote solar farms, conected to “the grid” by long, new transmission lines.

Rethinking the Country Life as Energy Costs Rise

Rethinking the Country Life as Energy Costs Rise. New York Times.

Higher energy costs may greatly reduce the housing sprawl into our wild country, which costs the taxpayers to much to provide services, increases the cost of forest fires, and uses a lot of energy (the emerging check on the sprawl).