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← Thank you, Matt Ridley

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Matthew White Ridley, journalist, writer, and businessman... non-executive chairman of the UK bank Northern Rock before the collapse... wrote "The Rational Optimist"... famous by his libertarian views and support for free market policies...

Well, despite being also a supporter of the BHA (to his credit), this man has clearly a very personal view, an agenda or, at least, a vested interest that some economic agents should go on unencumbered by any austere regulations aiming to reduce greenhouse gases emissions (or carbon taxes) that might hit the fat profits. I get suspicious when anyone starts saying that "the medicine can be worse than the disease" and advocates a "do nothing yet" as the most rational solution.

I might be wrong, sure, but I wouldn't take his words at face value without very strong supporting evidence. Especially because his discourse might be tainted by the same bias he accuses many others to espouse.

Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:43:39 UTC | #888687