In this morning's Washington Post op-ed writer Bjorn Lomborg from Copenhagen argues that while cutting coal emissions is necessary it could hurt the most vulnerable in our world causing more harm than good. While I don't necessarily agree, I do think that it is worth considering and researching. Since I am in the middle of a research project on public housing and have seen the disaster that resulted in the name of progress, I am particularly attuned to the argument. The proposed taxing policy of France or the limits on emissions elsewhere according to the article could have devastating effects on the poor. It would seem that all of the effects--environmental, economic, and social--must be laid out for the public. I do fear that those who oppose the green plan will use this as an arrow in their quiver but we just have to take that risk to know the human impact. Take a look at this article--it will make you think, might make you mad, but will give you the other side of the story nonetheless.
Conversely leaders of small islands said to the United Nations, do something now or we are in danger of losing our homes and maybe our identities if global warming is not curtailed. So you see, there are two sides to consider here.