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Lessons From the Coronavirus for Climate Policy (Guest: Tom Harris)

April 16, 2020

Government response to the coronavirus has wrecked the economy, having the same type of impact in the short-term that climate policies would impose over the long term.

The response by governments to the coronavirus, bringing the economy to a standstill and costing millions of jobs, are a preview of how proposed climate policies like the Green New Deal would devastate the economy. The current lockdown and the Green New Deal are based on the same things, faulty models that over project the harm, in one case, from the virus, in the latter case from climate change. Interestingly, government suggestions to prevent the virus's spread, social distancing, driving alone, use plastic bags, etc, are the opposite of the policies they have pushed for years to fight climate change including smart growth planned forced densification in in cities, taking mass transit, using reusable bags.

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H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org
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Tom Harris is executive director of the International Climate Science Coalition
icsc.tom.harris@gmail.com @TomHarrisICSC