Poor countries can’t afford to tackle climate change
I know, I know, this is a false choice that skeptics use to stall action on climate change. Or is it?
Check out this article from Reason. It makes some interesting points. Here’s a quick summary:
- Developing countries do not have the funds to tackle climate change, period.
- This then requires a massive investment on the part of rich countries.
- It also requires massive emissions reductions in rich countries, which will be costly in the short to medium run.
- Poor people, by and large, are much more concerned with getting electricity and food than with global warming — the action must come from the developed world, and probably all of the money too.
None of this is big news to many, but it’s good to remind ourselves.