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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Wednesday February 08, 2006
02:14 PM

Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative

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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/national/08warm.html?ei=5090&en=c398855db07c16 57&ex=1297054800&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=print

"...Joel Hunter, pastor of a megachurch in Longwood, Fla., says: 'As Christians, our faith in Jesus Christ compels us to love our neighbors and to be stewards of God's creation. The good news is that with God's help, we can stop global warming, for our kids, our world and for the Lord.'"

Personally, I think some people are a little out of touch with reality when they say, "federal legislation that would require reductions in carbon dioxide emissions through 'cost-effective, market-based mechanisms'." By definition, if government mandates it, it's not market based, and it's probably not cost-effective.

Nevertheless, I thought those of you who think of religious people as reactionaries with their heads in the sand who hate science might be interested in this.

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  • By definition, if government mandates it, it's not market based, and it's probably not cost-effective.

    Sorry, but your definitions are off. Paying taxes is a government mandate, and there's a cost-effective, market-based industry to help us do it. Nothing is compelling you to spend a weekend with a shoebox full of little slips of paper constantly adding and subtracting the same numbers over and over.

    Similarly, emissions caps tied to markets for trading emissions credits is both market based and co

    • Similarly, emissions caps tied to markets for trading emissions credits is both market based and cost effective.

      It's debatable how cost-effective it is in practice. But yes, it is market-based, however, obviously not wholly so. A wholly market-based solution would be for there to be no laws specific to it, and let the market decide it all, with no government pressure.

      But few people think that when you significantly affect other people through your actions, there should always be no government regulation. [mac.com]

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