So Interest.co.nz allowed me to pop up another one of these “Top 10” links things – where I blatantly use more than ten links to make some arbitrary point about some arbitrary subject. This time, global warming – go over and give it a look.
However, there are a few links that I missed.
An excellent post by Eric Crampton from 2010, considering NZ policy choices. I hear he is doing the next Top 10, so it will be interesting to see if he expands on this! He discusses the idea of what policy we should put in place, given the fact that the lack of an international agreement removes the “externality” argument from play. Ideas such as investment in technology (risky, with high potential reward, strategy) and investment in adaption and insurance become much more important here – it is an honest conversation we need to have!
Also, the links in this tweet:
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) June 5, 2014
Our views, and expectations of, global coordination are an essential part of what is “right” policy here. Let’s try to be honest about that. Yes, we can decry the impact on future generations, and we can do things to signal our concern (that is why I support a tax, even though it does nothing to the chance of a GWE). But these issues are too important to only be controlled by the tyranny of ‘good intentions’, without considering what the actual future impact will be – if we actually believe that global coordination is fraught, we instead need to think about ways to coordination nationally to insure against/limit the impact where appropriate. Ranting instead will just see us sacrificing future generations of New Zealander’s to make ourselves sound “moral” now 😉