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  1. Chad
    Mar 10 - 7:38 pm

    “The shift to truly sustainable technologies seemingly is too expensive or too difficult – or both”

    Not really. The problem is that it is a prisoner’s dilemma. If everyone goes clean, then we all get a clean and safe environment at a modest incremental cost increase that is easily justified by the benefits. However, any given nation or company has the incentive to cheat by being filthy, externalizing the costs of its pollution, and poaching jobs and businesses from those other nations who are playing fair and doing the right thing. The positives of these stolen jobs and business offset the cost of the fraction of the pollution the defecting nations have to bear, so it is a net win for them – and a net loss for the world. Just like the classic prisoner’s dilemma of your Econ 101 class, the best possible world is one where everyone cooperates…and it is in everyone’s own interest to cheat. These are never easy problems to solve.

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  3. Tom Ewing
    Apr 02 - 10:31 pm

    Another simplistic analysis: ‘part of the solution or part of the problem?’ We’re both. BASF has a mission to produce products the world needs including more efficient car parts, and to do it in as responsible a fashion as it can; but not to be ‘simon-pure’ by some critic’s criterion!
    Natural gas, whether from shale or otherwise, is an important part of the bridge, especially as it displaces coal in US, China, elsewhere. Not if its displacing nuclear. Shale gas is not more ‘evil’ than other, just takes more energy and resources to get the formation to produce.

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