This is a great video. Highly recommended viewing.
One of the subjects covered are the ideas of Julian Simon (one of our heroes), which Bjorn Lomborg enthusiastically agrees with and inspired him in his research which resulted in his book, The Skeptical Environmentalist. For those unfamiliar with Simon, his grand idea was:
More people, and increased income, cause resources to become more scarce in the short run. Heightened scarcity causes prices to rise. The higher prices present opportunity, and prompt inventors and entrepreneurs to search for solutions. Many fail in the search, at cost to themselves. But in a free society, solutions are eventually found. And in the long run the new developments leave us better off than if the problems had not arisen. That is, prices eventually become lower than before the increased scarcity occurred.
This is the kind of idea that, as Glenn Beck might say, would make blood shoot out of Al Gore’s eyes. Which is why we are posting it here.
Julian Simon’s book, The Ultimate Resource II, is here. The best book I ever read.
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