At last, the truth!

And in The Guardian no less:

The benefits of living in a more stable and healthy economy far outweigh the costs of a warming world more susceptible to crises.

Well, quite, a point that is made by many economists. We really don\’t want to screw the economy, in fact we\’d prefer growth and warming than no growth and no warming. Because the benefits of growth will be higher than the costs of warming.

Unfortunately, the writer doesn\’t actually mean this, he\’s managed to entirely garble his argument in that last line of the piece. What he means is that the costs of a warming world far outweigh the benefits of a growing economy.

That\’s how we get the truth in The Guardian these days. By mistake.

4 thoughts on “At last, the truth!”

  1. not quite sure i buy the whole “in fact we’d prefer growth and warming than no growth and no warming”.

    I understand that its better to have growth so we can invest in the environment but surely stopping warming should be the biggest priority. If we stop growth but save the planet we still have somewhere to live. if we continue to grow and ruin the planet then we’re all screwed regardless.

  2. The writer appears to assume that “a stable and healthy economy” is mutually exclusive with “a warming world” and that “a warming world” is inevitably ” more susceptible to crises”.

    As it happens the world is cooling down again, so the whole thing is irrelevant anyway. I’m not sure why massive crop failures; greater dependence on imported fossil fuels and/or mass hypothermia aren’t “crises” as well, but hey…

  3. “We really don’t want to screw the economy, in fact we’d prefer growth and warming than no growth and no warming. Because the benefits of growth will be higher than the costs of warming.”
    Couldn’t that be an argument for letting a hostile power to invade us as well?
    Just checking.

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