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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Thursday, October 18, 2007

TCS Daily - Gore's Next Act
Mr. Gore asserts climate change is a moral and spiritual issue. In order to make responsible decisions on these dimensions, Mr.
Gore's next mission should be to focus on the tradeoffs his policy choices necessarily imply.

I suggest when flying to Stockholm, he prepare by reading an important book by the late Reverend Paul Heyne. Paul was an unusual economist, an ordained Lutheran minister with a Ph.D. in ethics and social thought from the University of Chicago. He spoke at several FREE programs on environmental policy and we use selections from his book, The Economic Way of Thinking, in FREE's conferences.

Paul explained that all policy questions require choosing among competing values. Good intentions alone will not suffice. Global warming is no
exception. Does climate change demand drastic and dramatic action now? If so, at what cost? For example, will we accept a $6.00 per gallon tax on gas? Such questions are also the message of another book Mr. Gore might consider, Bjorn Lomborg's Cool It.

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