The Economics of Climate Change

Author: Henry Silver

Current Core Pathway Course: Disability, Ethics, EcoJustice (THEO)

Context: If I had to hazard a speculation, I would guess it was written in Noam Chomsky’s office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009, but I do not know with certitude. I myself first read it at my apartment in New York City, most likely in 2013 or 2014.

Tags: Economics and Transportation

My long-standing concern about the neglected socioeconomic roots of anthropogenic climate change at large and my interest in the mostly unfamiliar history of transportation in the United States in particular have conspired to induce me to share this first-rate article by Noam Chomsky from the journal Race, Poverty & the Environment. Although, in isolation, it deals with just a fraction of the broader subjects of environmental economics and transportation, the piece, which I read of my own accord a few years ago and have since cited in some of my formal academic undertakings, offers a specimen of the type of thoroughgoing research and dissentient analysis of which I hope to see much more from the climate movement in the future.
My rueful dismay that I cannot attend the Core Pathways final exercise has redoubled my determination to share something that I hope faculty and peers alike will find novel and edifying.

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