Green Protectionism While the Earth Is Burning?

Source: EconLog
by Pierre Lemieux

If governments really believed that anthropogenic CO2 emissions will seriously harm their citizens or subjects, and if they were really pursuing the general welfare, isn’t it prima facie obvious that reducing these emissions would be their first priority, as opposed to competing priorities based on debunked, prescientific economic theories? Looking at what is happening in practice provides a good introduction to how governments actually work and what they pursue. Western governments are ‘protecting’ their subjects from less costly imports of solar panels and other ‘green’ products, in order to reduce competition and keep prices higher for domestic producers.” (09/16/23)