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Old 12-08-2012, 06:12 AM   #93
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Default Re: If Republicans soften the immigration message, is it over for Democrats?

Fantastic article on why modern Republicans are so adamantly and shamelessly anti-science and anti-intellectualism.

Climate scientists came under attack not just because their research threatened the oil industry (although it certainly did that), but also because they had exposed significant market failures.

Pollution is a market failure because, in general, polluters do not pay a price for environmental damage (and this includes not just polluting industries, like electrical utilities, but also anyone who uses a product—like gasoline—that takes up a portion of the planetary sink without paying for it). Nicholas Stern, a former chief economist at the World Bank, has declared climate change "the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen."
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