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Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunnyside up?

Are you paralyzed by the financial crisis and sagging economy? Consider this, from Jonathan Schell (author of The Fate of the Earth):
Paradoxically, the recession, by cutting back on fossil-fuel use, may have done more to ease global warming than electric cars or solar panels could have done in a comparable period.
This view isn't universally shared.

Many worry that recession reduces spending on green energy and diverts government attention from the environment to the economy. In the developing world, greater poverty likely forces some people to turn to slash-and-burn practices that hasten deforestation.

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