"The Arctic will retain its power to amaze for a long time. Yet it is now changing beyond the usual regional and annual variations in sea-ice formation, glacier melt and so forth. The Arctic is clearly melting. Its floating ice cap is shrinking and thinning and its glaciers are retreating. By the end of this century, maybe much sooner, there will be frequent Arctic summers with almost no sea...
A "Reason in DC" discussion featuring Lynne Kiesling, Ronald Bailey, and Fred L. Smith
"Few topics generate more heat than global warming and possible policy solutions to increases in the average global temperatures. Indeed, the options bandied about range from doing nothing to applying planet-wide restrictions on all aspects of energy consumption and technology.
While Nobel Prize winner and former Vice President Al Gore and many others favor the latter category of solutions, there are diverse and wide-ranging ideas that incorporate markets, new technologies, and an appreciation for economic growth as the best way not only to help the poor in the developing world but to deal with any issues posed by global warming.
Last fall, at the Reason in DC conference, one of the most strongly attended and memorable panels was titled "Climate Change: Risks and Consequences" and featured Lynne Kiesling, a senior lecturer in economics at Northwestern University, proprietor of the blog Knowledge Problem, and an expert in retail electricity markets; Ronald Bailey, reason's longtime science correspondent and author of, among other books, Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution and ECOSCAM: The False Prophets of Environmental Apocalypse; and Fred L. Smith, Jr., the founder and president of Competitive Enterprise Institute.
What follows here is full video of the Reason in DC panel, which was moderated by reason editor in chief Matt Welch (then with The Los Angeles Times). The video, roughly 40 minutes total, is split into four sections. Each speaker talked for roughly eight minutes; those presentations were followed by a spirited question-and-answer period with the audience--and with fellow panelists."
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