February 28, 2007
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FROM VOLUME 10, NUMBER 3, MARCH 1997
ECONOMISTS CALL FOR ACTION
A statement calling for the U.S. to slow
climate change has been signed by over 2,000 members of the American Economic
Association, or about 10 percent of its membership. The statement, drafted by
five prominent economists including two Nobel laureates, endorses the
conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and cites studies
showing that there are many policy options available for which the total
benefits outweigh the costs. It stresses market-based policies and a cooperative
international approach, such as an international emissions trading agreement.
The campaign was coordinated by Redefining Progress, a nonpartisan public policy
organization, to get economists involved in the debate and help break the
current policy stalemate.
See Intl. Environ. Rptr., p. 152, Feb. 19, 1997; Chem. &
Industry, p. 156, Mar. 3; Global Environ. Change Rep., p. 3, Feb.
28. An editorial endorsing the statement appears in The New York Times,
p. D2, Feb. 13.
The Economists' Statement on Climate Change is available on the
World Wide Web at http://www.globalchange.org/econall/97may6g.htm, or contact
Redefining Progress, one Kearny St., 4th Floor, San Francisco CA 94108 (tel: 415
781 1191; fax: 415 781 1198; e-mail: info@RProgress.org). Contact the American
Economics Assoc. at 2014 Broadway, S. 305, Nashville TN 37203 (tel: 615 322
2595; fax: 615 343 7590; e-mail: email@example.com).
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