Last week, the New Yorker published a controversial article by novelist Jonathan Franzen, who argued that humans cannot adequately address climate change and we should consider future investments through this apocalyptic lens.
The piece got plenty of backlash, from lay people and climate scientists alike. But it did pose a question that we’re taking up today; namely, what solutions are worth the investment, considering what we know about climate change and its imminence?
The Green New Deal? Carbon pricing? Investment into specific green industries, such as solar or wind? What would be the economic trade-offs of these investments and are they worth it?
Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C.; he also led President Trump’s E.P.A. transition team