There is clearly no consensus on the issue—there seldom is when dealing with complex subjects that can’t be conclusively proven. I believe that when dealing with potential large adverse consequences, a cautionary approach is merited. In my mind, a reasonable approach would be to provide tax incentives to stimulate “sensible” renewable resources (e.g., no more ethanol from corn nonsense) in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint without hurting our economy. Clearly this is easier said than done; nevertheless, there is a lot of “low hanging fruit”—especially at $100/bbl of oil—that can help move us in this direction.
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