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Saving the planet requires radical change


April 29, 2019

J. David Ake • Associated Press

Production, consumption and population growth clash with adequate control of emissions, pollution and resource depletion.

Failure of governance over the past five or six decades has been cited as a critical factor in the unchecked disastrous human disruption of Earth's climate and resource systems. In the April 15 Business Forum, "Dumping capitalism won't save planet," Noah Smith draws needed attention to this issue as he argues that socialist (or centrally planned) economies are unlikely to be more successful in coping with climate change than capitalist ones. He reasons that attempted transitions from capitalism to socialism would provoke major conflicts; and argues that both socialist and capitalist regimes have poor environmental track records. His conclusion, however, that technology solutions will solve the climate challenge without the need to alter patterns of production, consumption and population growth is quite wrong.


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