Where's that Greenie-Economist Alliance When you Need it?

The various business economists who have argued against lowering the petrol tax are probably right, assuming that we think the prices are going to stay this high (if prices are about to come down, you could construct a good argument for a temporary petrol tax cut). What has surprised me is that I haven’t yet seen any environmentalists making the same argument. Surely anyone who thinks that we ought to use less petrol should want the price to be high.

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4 Responses to Where's that Greenie-Economist Alliance When you Need it?

  1. Steve Edney says:

    I sometimes worry that enviromentalism is too important to be left in the hands of greenies. There is far too many tools such as petrol taxes which they should be encouraging to obtain their goals but won’t because of other ideological baggage.

  2. Daniel Donahoo says:

    Hey Andrew -

    Haven’t i made my enjoyment of rising petrol prices obvious enough…it is a good point you make. But, Steve’s is also correct – environmentalism is dominated by fundamentalists – they lack the perspective to see the bigger picture…what is it the forest for the trees????

  3. Andrew Leigh says:

    Daniel, I’d missed your pieces, sorry. Feel free to post links!

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