Can anything be done to promote good [US] energy policy? Public education is a necessary first step, which is why Al Gore deserves all the praise he’s getting. It would also help to have a president who gets scientific advice from scientists, not oil company executives and novelists.By "good energy policy" Krugman means, correctly, one that focuses on incentivising efficiency first -- rather than, for example, delivering additional subsidies for the farm lobby (see comment at bottom this post for the full article). For context see also my recent post No polar bear left behind.
But there’s still a huge gap between what obviously should be done and what seems politically possible. And I don’t know how to close that gap.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The hard question
Paul Krugman identifies the key issue here: