Saturday, August 28, 2004

Posner on climate change part 3

Judge Posner's response to his critics takes an environmentalist-ideologue turn for the worst. Two comments:

1 - he rather bitterly criticises the Copenhagen Consensus on the grounds that none of the economists were experts on climate change - in other words because they are commenting outside their field, their work carries less weight. Isn't this exactly what Posner is doing? He should concentrate on the science (which he does address) and leave out the petty academic stone-throwing.

2 - In arguing that the conclusions of the Consenus were mistaken, he states: Malnutrition and malaria are serious problems too, but one effect of eliminating them would be to cause a population surge, which would in turn increase global warming.
Surely he is not suggesting that it would better for malnutrition and malaria to go untreated?

5 Comments:

Blogger Palooka said...

Yeah, Posner's got a first-rate mind, so I take his comments seriously, but his fear of a looming global warming catastrophe surprises me too. Congrats on the blog, I just started one too. :)

Later,

Paloka

29 August 2004 at 00:56  
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