Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Corrections: The Climate of Man, Part III 

An article published in the May 9, 2005 issue of the New Yorker, The Climate of Man, Part III: What can be done?, made use of the following quote to imply that drastic reductions in carbon emissions are feasible.

Slavery also had some of those characteristics a hundred and fifty years ago. Some people thought it was wrong, and they made their arguments, and they didn't carry the day. And then something happened and all of a sudden it was wrong and we didn't do it anymore."

Upon further reflection, the deadliest war in American history is probably not the best example of politically feasible policy changes.