Thursday, April 23, 2009

Earth Day Celebration Without the BO

My friend Christopher Malagisi of the Young Conservative Coaltion withstood the Global Melting (known to us peons as "rain") to stage an Earth Day protest against the backwards environmental policies proposed by the Obama administration. While there was some discussion of Climate Change (the PC term for "Global Warming"), these conservatives expressed their own form of love for Mother Earth: private market-based solutions. A big issue here is that government programs are static while a market is arguably fluid. A static program can evolve, but it is bulky and anything but organic. These programs do not always take into account all of the consequences, and when the consequences appear (i.e., ridiculous energy prices) they are slow to respond. Market solutions present the opposite end. They can fail outright and never address any part of the problem. What is more likely is that their original form will fail, but be quickly succeeded by a better solution, which will then fail, be replaced and so on and so forth.

The article notes that there were no proposed solutions from the YCC here, but that is based off of a presumption that those against government programming must have a government program to replace it with. What about creating market incentives to have the market create the solution? It worked for the automobile, personal computer, cellular phone, electricity...


  1. You wanna argue Global Warming? I'm not your huckleberry, but if we pass this opportunity to clean up our act just because it might cost us now, well, it would sort of be like,
    "Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM [ability to breath, walk outside, run, sit in the sun, be free]!

    I reserve the right to quote that multiple times on varying topics. Hey, I'm Irish. I sort of feel like that about many things.

  2. Fantastic use of a movie quote. I even read it in my head with a slight Scottish brogue ("Run, and you lease a wyle. And dye-ing in ya bids..."

    I'm with you Anonymous. I think that we should work towards a cleaner environment even if there was no such thing as climate change. My concern is that the government programs offered cannot work if they destroy the everyday person's ability to buy food, energy, etc. There needs to be a hybrid (ha!) approach with market and government programming, and I'm not sure Cap & Trade is it. I was well on board the C&T train when I first heard about it, but creating artificial market "sprokets" (as they say in law school) concerns me.

    My solution for now is to create drastic tax breaks and incentivized spending towards these green technologies that have been getting a lot of talk, but not much action.

    What bothers me is that if this issue was as important as the administration said it was during the campaign, why wasn't the first Exec order about Climate change as opposed to "Close down GITMO in one year"?

  3. Priorities smiorities, I guess.

    Renewable energy source technology development has been at a snail's pace. We should be able to use solar power in much better ways and for broadcast use.

    Wind too.