Richard Tol has served on 4 UN IPCC climate reports:
12/10/2014, "Hot Stuff, Cold Logic,"
"A fifth of official development aid is now diverted to climate policy.
Money that used to be spent on strengthening the rule of law, better
education for girls, and improved health care, for instance, is now used
to plug methane leaks and destroy hydrofluorocarbons. Some donors no
longer support the use of coal, by far the cheapest way to generate
electricity. Instead, poor people are offered intermittent wind power
and biomass energy, which drives up the price of food. But the
self-satisfaction environmentalists derive from these programs does not
put food on poor peoples’ tables.
sum, while climate change is a problem that must be tackled, we should
not lose our sense of proportion or advocate solutions that would do
more harm than good. Unfortunately, common sense is sometimes hard to
find in the climate debate. Desmond Tutu recently compared climate change to apartheid.1 Climate experts Michael Mann and Daniel Kammen compared it to the “gathering storm” of Nazism in Europe before World War II.2
That sort of nonsense just gets in the way of a rational discussion
about what climate policy we should pursue, and how vigorously we should
pursue it." (end of article)
1Tutu, “We Fought Apartheid. Now Climate Change Is Our Global Enemy”, Guardian, September 20, 2014.
2Mann and Kammen, “The Gathering Storm”, Huffington Post, September 19, 2014."
"Richard Tol teaches economics at the
University of Sussex and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is a
veteran of four assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on
Sunday, April 23, 2017
Staggering success of climate industry deprives the poor: One fifth of official development aid is now diverted to climate policy. These taxpayer dollars were formerly spent on necessities such as improving education and health care or strengthening rule of law-The American Interest, Richard Tol, Dec. 10, 2014
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