Market and Environment
While environmental problems often seem endless, the solution is usually the same everywhere: the government should fix it. Yet the performance record of governments in the field of environmental protection is far from conclusive. Effective solutions need decades to be implemented, and historically governments have been the worst ofenders when it comes to pollution and environmental depletion.
The competence center Market and Environment is dedicated to the research of market-based solutions for environmental protection and examines the role of institutions such as private property, freedom of contract, and the rule of law. In order to develop appriopriate responses to climate change, the Liberal Institute has formed the Civil Society Coalition on Climate Change with other international research institutions.
LI-STUDIE. Zahlreiche Massnahmen — vom Klimaschutz bis zum Glühbirnenverbot — verzerren und behindern den internationalen Handel.
LI-PAPER. Das Zusammenspannen aller gesellschaftlichen Kräfte nach Art einer Kriegswirtschaft wirkt nur kontraproduktiv.
Eine aktuelle Studie zeigt auf, dass staatliche Programme zur Förderung «grüner Arbeitsplätze» weltweit bereits 430 Milliarden Franken Steuergelder verschlingen. Diese Aufgaben drohen netto zu einem Arbeitsplatzverlust zu führen.
Earlier this month, the local press carried a summary of a report compiled by a panel of so-called ‘experts' of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Science (SATW) under the startling rubric that motor gasoline “should” henceforth be priced, by fiat, at no less than CHF 4 per litre — roughly double the current market price.
The competitive market process, underpinned by free trade between and within nations, is inherently more sustainable than the regulated economy advocated by eco-doom mongers.
If the negotiators on the resort island of Bali are seriously concerned about avoiding dangerous climate change in a cost-effective manner, they should be looking primarily at adaptation, not at trying to cut emissions.
The Civil Society Report on Climate Change shows that Kyoto 2 is the wrong solution. Such a treaty would harm billions of poor people: it would make energy and energy-dependent technologies, such as clean water, more expensive, and would perpetuate poverty.