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Office Hours: David Henderson On Smart Climate Change Policies

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Hoover Institution Research Fellow David Henderson responds to your questions on how to identify smart climate change policies.

  1. 0:26– Should we be approaching climate change with prevention or adaption in mind?
  2. 1:09– Doesn’t the cost of climate change mean that we should undertake any action meant to prevent it, no matter the cost?
  3. 1:43-  Isn’t focusing on a cost/benefit analysis missing the social cost of failing to act on climate change?
  4. 2:21-  What else could we spend money on, aside from combating climate change, that would benefit society?
  5. 3:00– Do you really think both sides of the political spectrum can work together in a productive manner on this issue?
  6. 3:29– How soon do we need to act to combat climate change?

Watch the original video, “Identifying Smart Climate Change Policies.” 

David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution. He is also a professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California and blogs regularly on EconLog.

Henderson's writing focuses on public policy. His specialty is in making economic issues and analyses clear and interesting to general audiences. David Henderson is the editor of The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (Warner Books, 2007), a book that communicates to a general audience what and how economists think.