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Paperback review: The Carbon Crunch, By Dieter Helm
Saturday 17 August 2013
Dieter Helm's lucid assessment of the risks of climate change, and what we can do about it, has attracted fierce criticism from Green groups – not for his diagnosis, with which they agree, but for his prescription.
Helm is clear that man-made climate change is occurring; but he has no faith in renewables and argues that global agreements such as Kyoto are a waste of time. It's no good trying to cut carbon production – that's easy for advanced economies, but they just get coal-mining countries such as China to produce it instead. We need to limit carbon consumption – that means taxing it. Moreover, the best weapon against climate change is research and development – government-funded science will have to get us out of this, which means less cash for wind-farms. Sounds like common sense.
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