NYT Columnist Attacks Six Myths That Stall Climate Action
In a weekend column in the New York Times, Frank debunks six myths (lies, as noted in at least one online comment) that have slowed down global action on climate change. “Effective countermeasures now could actually ward off many of these threats at relatively modest cost,” Frank writes. “Why aren’t we demanding more forceful action? One reason may be the frequent incantation of a motley collection of myths, each one rooted in bad economics.” His list includes: claims of uncertainty around climate science, fears that slowing climate change would be too tough or too expensive, claims that a carbon tax would destroy jobs (reinvestment in clean energy would actually create many more jobs), hesitancy for the United States to go it alone on greenhouse gas reductions, and concerns that curbing carbon pollution would also curb personal freedoms.