We don’t need an economic collapse to curb emissions
COVID-19 has caused a worldwide economic collapse. Yet some radical environmentalists are celebrating.
As factories remain shuttered and drivers stay off the roads, emissions are falling. Worldwide energyrelated carbon emissions will drop as much as 5.4 percent this year, according to Goldman Sachs.
Many green activists can scarcely contain their glee. “This is an opportunity to talk about . . . planned degrowth,” gushed one University of Vermont economist. “Suppose you were a policymaker, and you were thinking about what you would do to lower emissions -- you just got a pretty good instruction,” noted a think-tank climate change researcher.
Such callous disregard for the tens of millions of workers losing their jobs -- and the hundreds of thousands of patients fighting for their lives -- is revolting. Global shutdowns can’t become the new normal.
Fortunately, humanity can cut carbon emissions without submitting to statist lunacy. For years, America has slashed emissions by transitioning its energy sector from dirty coal to cleaner natural gas. It’s time for the rest of the world to follow suit.
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