A Reality Check for Economist Who Claims Carbon Pollution Benefits Society
An economist recently told the New York Times that carbon pollution actually benefits society. However, even conservative estimates indicate that carbon pollution costs society about $40 per ton. That’s a cost, not a benefit.
“Google should Google ALEC’s agenda. Funding right-wing extremists at ALEC is a guaranteed way for Google to undermine its own admirable clean energy goals,” said Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. “It’s like building a new house only to set it on fire after defunding the fire department.”
Dealing in Doubt presents a brief history of climate denial and attacks on climate science over the past two decades, focusing specifically on denier campaigns against the IPCC, including current efforts by the Heartland Institute, the funding of those campaigns and the wide range of tactics and tricks used by a small handful of deniers to undermine legitimate science.
“The lasting legacy of these corporations, front groups, organizations and individuals who have threatened scientists and attacked scientific institutions like the IPCC, is a delay in reaction time and solutions to the climate crisis,” Davies concluded. “This means global warming will hit harder and cost more to fix.”