19 May '12, 1pm

Breakthrough Institute gets it wrong on climate economics — again

Breakthrough Institute gets it wrong on climate economics — again

Why do those at the Breakthrough Institute insist that everyone else besides them who cares about the environment is wrong, wrong, wrong? Their latest , called “The Creative Destruction of Climate Economics,” is a swipe at those misguided souls who think putting a price on carbon emissions would help combat climate change. Breakthrough, according to its website , aims “to modernize liberal-progressive-green politics” and to accelerate the transition to an “ecologically vibrant” future. It “broke through” into well-funded fame in 2003 with its attack on environmentalists for failing to emphasize the economic concerns of ordinary Americans, such as jobs — thereby alienating the major environmental groups, who had been talking about jobs and the environment for years. What’s wrong with pricing carbon emissions? This particular breakthrough rests on a mistaken reading of an ac...

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