Monday, June 16, 2008

First things first...

Second only to gun control (don't get me started) posts about climate change provoke the most impassioned responses. It is understandable. We are working with imperfect, incomplete data on a problem that could well be disastrous for humankind.

However, I don't think the gravity of the issue should deter us from using the same methodical tools that got us here today. So when Ron Bailey at Reason posted this story about the Copenhagen Consensus Project, I thought it worth passing along.
What follows are short discussions about how to deal with 10 areas, ranging from air pollution to global warming to women and development. Each topic section includes two options to ameliorate the situation. Each solution has been assigned a benefit-to-cost ratio (BCR) by researchers commissioned by the Copenhagen Consensus Project 2008. For information about the researchers for each section, please go here.

reason online readers are invited to rank which areas of concern they think are most important and which solutions you prefer. You may submit your rankings here. The results will be tabulated and announced on the site next week. [More]
Please visit the link and read the list of concerns. Make your choices known.

[Note the cost-benefit ratio for trade liberalization and subsidy reform.]

1 comment:

Ol James said...

Well like it has been said before on many an issue.."You are either part of the solution, or part of the problem." There is no middle ground.
As far as gun control I share most all the beliefs of Ted "The Nuge" Nugent, except for everyone needing a fully automatic weapon. I use mine as a last defense choice...when I get thru with them they will wish I had shot them.
Would it not make things simpler to address a cause or problem in an orderly fashion and resolve it, then move to the next. That "Red-Tape" company sure is making a killing these days.