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The Upside of Down by Charles Kenny

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CHAPTER FIVE

        Will Greater Wealth Destroy the Planet?

WE HAVE SEEN THAT A RANGE of values appear to be converging worldwide, and one of them is concern for the environment. Even in the United States, popular opinion is now behind doing something about climate change. Americans are far from being completely sold on the issue: more than 60 percent also support more offshore drilling and (among those who have heard of it) two-thirds want to build the Keystone XL pipeline to transport tar sands bitumen from Canada to oil refineries on the US Gulf coast. Nonetheless, three-quarters of the public support tax rebates for people who buy fuel-efficient ...

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