Don’t let David Breitenbeck’s misspelling of “imminent” fool you: this short essay explaining his skepticism of climate-change alarmism is very Bryan Caplan-esque and superb . Here’s his wise conclusion:
While I may not be able to say what the climate is doing, I can say what climate activists are doing, and from that, I can judge that they should be kept as far away from positions of power as humanly possible. We haven’t seen what happens when the ice caps melt, but we have seen what happens when demagogues claiming to protect against an endless and ambiguous crisis get into positions of power, and it never ends well.
Scott Lincicome points us to new research by the IMF that offers empirical evidence against the increasingly common claim that trade shocks unleash unusually severe, negative regional employment effects .
The 70-year global progress toward freer trade is permanently reversed so long as the Republicans hold the White House. That’s the message of the non-deal trade deal just announced between the U.S. and China. It’s a deal that reduces no existing tariffs and offers only symbolic changes in other terms that were already on the table two years ago. Never mind that every credible source says that this situation loses billions or trillions in productivity in seen costs and unthinkable costs in what is not seen.