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Why do people oppose action on climate change on an economic basis?

Many people, especially free Market- advocates, often oppose federal action against climate change by saying that it would lead to an economic slowdown & job loss. Which I find ridiculous, since clean energy technologies would introduce far more jobs than would be lost by the Oil & coal industries. I was talking about this with my Dad (An ardent Conservative Republican) and he pointed out that with any new technology, entire new professions associated with it are introduced. For example, if wind power becomes a major source of energy for the US, we won't just need people to make the turbines. We'll need people to install, repair, maintain, develop, sell, & market the turbines. Environmental purity notwithstanding, with the oil industry falling out of favor, less American money will end up in the pockets of middle-eastern oil companies. And even if there IS an economic slowdown as a result, isn't losing money better in the long run than going extinct?

Asked By: Wung J - 1/27/2009
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Your dad is right, IF the new industry is market driven. Look at the dot.com industry and all the internet stuff that wasn't there not too long ago... More
Answered By: Laissez-Faire Guy - 1/27/2009
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Climate change. You mean the planetary evolution that has been going on for 4.6 billion years? You really think government regulation that stop that?
Answered By: Andrew E - 1/27/2009
 
They don't care that it will actually produce lasting jobs, they care that it will be taking money out of their bank accounts. So they will oppose it until they are literally forced to change.
Answered By: Stephanie is like cereal w*f?! - 1/27/2009
 
Why should we weaken our economy to stop the unstoppable? How is man going to stop whats been going on for millions of years?
Answered By: truthistrue8 - 1/27/2009
 
Because it costs a lot of money and it is a hoax. The planet has been cooling since 1998, hence the name change. And suddenly every conceivable weather pattern is "climate change" and we're all going to die. Give me a break.
Answered By: Pied Hussein Piper - 1/27/2009
 
"Cooling" is a myth propagated by the "don't make me sell my SUV" crowd. They'd rather f*ck over their kids and grandchildren so that they can stick to their wasteful lifestyle... More
Answered By: Reality has a Liberal Bias - 1/27/2009
 
its a hoax.
Answered By: Cdude591 - 1/27/2009
 
First of all, the Earth is in a cooling trend - not warming... More
Answered By: bluelotussmellslikebananas - 1/27/2009
 
Because there is evidence to refute our role in climate change... look at the patterns of underwater volcanic activity in the last 10-15 years... it jumps off the chart. We have no control over that.
Answered By: habsburg - 1/27/2009
 
To be fair, you should point out that once the wind turbines are installed, there is little or no need for a person to do any work after that. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but you can't argue more jobs will be created when it's simply not true. Not to mention, who the heck wants those monstrous ugly towers... More
Answered By: Galaxie Girl passed the PE exam! - 1/27/2009
 
Dude seriously people cant afford to eat and you want the government to spend money on climate problems? You need to put life in perspective. The world survived this long with out the government. Promise
Answered By: Chelsea P - 1/27/2009
 
Global warming is a scam. The climate is always changing. We need to worry about the next ice age more than the temp going up 1 degree.
Answered By: T S - 1/27/2009
 
The free market advocates are right, many jobs would be lost if we took extreme action on climate change. The energy industry in this country (coal, oil, etc...) employs hundreds of thousands of people. If we were to put limits on emissions from plants, thousands of manufacturing jobs would disappear. You say it... More
Answered By: Syko Vagabond - 1/27/2009
 
rational policies will always dictate the free market... More
Answered By: Brad - 1/27/2009
 
you mean like more wind turbines? or new solar panels in my opinion it would hurt more then it would help
Answered By: jamie - 1/27/2009
 
I think you're missing a LOT... More
Answered By: jdm - 1/27/2009
 
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