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Environmentalists Don’t Want to Destroy Capitalism

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In his Feb. 23 and March 16 columns, Mr. Andy Bazzo makes so many astounding statements about global warming, also known as climate change, that it is very hard to choose from them. But the most glaring one is his assertion that the goal of environmentalists is to destroy capitalism.

He quotes Christiana Figueres, a respected United Nations official:

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally...to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years...”  He then argues that she is talking about overthrowing capitalism.

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The Industrial Revolution is when man began to burn fossil fuels that emit toxic gases, such as carbon dioxide, in a big way. Her statement refers to the Paris agreement on climate change to move away from the use of fossil fuels and into developing technology and policy to safely, economically and efficiently harness clean energy such as solar, wind and water. Capitalism is, in fact, an effective way to achieve this through competition.

By incentivizing market forces along with smart environmental policy to work hand in hand, we can effectively mitigate the dangers of global warming, and, at the same time, allow Mr. Bazzo to enjoy what he calls his “monies and liberties” and, more importantly, a healthier life, to his heart’s content.

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