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Robert J. Samuelson still doesn’t get it

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After writing an entire column on oil without mentioning global warming, Samuelson writes an entire column on the supposedly high cost of tackling global warming without mentioning key solutions, such as energy efficiency.

Samuelson attacks the UK’s Stern Report in a column titled “Greenhouse Guessing.” He claims

With today’s technologies, we don’t know how to cut greenhouse gases in politically and economically acceptable ways. The world’s 1,700 or so coal-fired power plants — big emitters of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas — are a cheap source of electricity.

But for Samuelson, “today’s technologies” to replace coal consist entirely of solar power, wind power, and nuclear power. While solar and wind are certainly more viable than he thinks, the egregious mistake is to ignore the most cost-effective strategy for reducing emissions — simply using energy more efficiently.

This is a common mistake, as we have seen. In fact, many major studies, including one by five national laboratories, have shown that for we could achieve significant carbon reductions without raising the nation’s total energy bill. Those studies include an aggressive set of policies to promote energy-efficient technologies that can pay for their extra cost through reduced energy bills.

Samuelson says, “It seems impossible to have an honest conversation about global warming.” His piece does little to improve the dialogue.

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5 Responses to Robert J. Samuelson still doesn’t get it

  1. REB 84 says:

    The following seems to indicate that American voters care about global warming and the environment.

    “We did it! Yesterday you helped us achieve major victories that set the stage for a safer, cleaner, smarter America.

    At least eight of LCV’s Dirty Dozen – anti-environmentalists in Congress that we worked tirelessly to defeat – went down. We are keeping a close watch on the three races that are currently undecided, especially in Virginia where George Allen is expected to lose. Additionally, eight out of nine of our Environmental Champions prevailed.”

    - Gene Karpinski, President, League of Conservation Voters

    Should we call this the Al Gore effect? Or is it more like, ‘ITS the ENVIRONMENT STUPID!’ I believe American citizens are way out in front of their leaders on this issue. These election results prove it. And they should.

    We all breath the same air, play in and drink the same water, and eat the same food. Who wants to leave the world worse than they found it? The Democrats have a mandate to make our world a better place. Too bad they have to clean up so many messes. Well, at least they will no longer have deal with the Dirty Dozen.

    Why have we not heard this story in the mainstream media?

    QuestionItNow

  2. [...] Columnist Samuelson’s attack on the UK’s important Stern Commission Report does more than merely ignore key greenhouse-gas-reducing technologies. Samuelson titles his piece “Greenhouse Guessing,” because he (mistakenly) thinks that determining the impact of global warming is a guessing game: [...]

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    We are keeping a close watch on the three races that are currently undecided, especially in Virginia where George Allen is expected to lose. Additionally, eight out of nine of our Environmental Champions prevailed.