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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Free Market Environmentalism

The Daily Caller just printed an op-ed of mine describing a controversial idea: that humans will never run out of resources. That thesis is conditional, however, on a free market, with defined and enforced property rights. Check it out!

If you're in the mood for a giggle, you might also take a peek at the comments following the article. My personal favorite is "Carbon tax? I’m all for it. Internalizes the damage of CO2 emissions, let the free market do the rest." Apparently the typical environmentalist didn't get the message: taxes are the very kinds of economic distortions that 1) reduce freedom, and 2) impede the efficient functioning of markets. Carbon taxes are antithetical to a free market.