The Stern Review, commissioned by the British Treasury in 2006, which concluded that investing 1% of global GDP could prevent warming, and that failure to do so could result in the loss of 20% of world GDP in the future. There are valid criticisms of the report, and climate change is a difficult moral question, but the research itself is quite troubling.

Climate change itself may not be a human rights issue -- though evidence seems to indicate that rich nations have created most of the problem, and poor ones will bear the brunt of the costs -- but the way wealthy countries choose to respond to global warming is certainly a rights issue.

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Of course software patents and other bad digital property rights schemes stifle creativity -- there's simply no incentive to innovate when it's easier to extort.

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Absolutely. Ethanol may be the dumbest idea in recent history, putting a green guise on pricey handouts.

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