27.9.19

A PLEA FOR TRADE-TESTED BETTERMENTS.

Jill Richardson sees in the fuss over drinking straws or incandescent light bulbs a deflection.  "Polluting industries want you to think the climate crisis is your fault, not theirs."  I suspect she's making the case that industries that currently pollute want to engage in rent-seeking behavior to protect their rents, including by pointing out the follies of banning light bulbs or drinking straws.  That is, "It’s tempting to look for easy ways to fix big problems by trimming around the edges to avoid making the real changes you don’t want to make. Tempting, but not feasible."

Get to her conclusion, though, and read this.
We should be looking for win-win solutions to the climate crisis: solutions that create jobs and preserve quality of life and individual freedoms while simultaneously reducing carbon emissions.

In order to do that, we need to curb the corrupt influence of polluting industries that are profiting off of carbon emissions while harming the future of our planet. And, when they try to distract us with light bulbs and drinking straws, we can’t allow ourselves to be fooled.
At least she isn't accusing those same industries of bragging on how they are burning less fuel and making more money.  The horror: a win-win meaning splitting gains from trade.

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