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Policy Making Needs to Be Holistic–What are the Connections? September 8, 2006

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“Regardless of the strategy ultimately adopted to address potential risks associated with global warming, the issue is ushering in a new phase of policymaking. Political leaders and citizens-at-large must increasingly cope with risk and uncertainty as part of policymaking. For example, debate over the risks associated with pesticides, electromagnetic fields (EMFs), and asbestos used for building insulation involve much the same issues of scientific uncertainty and economic trade-offs as does global warming. Such issues necessitate a more sophisticated political debate and an increased sensitivity to the limitations of science and the importance of economics.”

“One lesson from the ongoing debates over risk and uncertainty is that, in general, policies to address risks posed by potential environmental changes should not be developed in isolation. Although it is politically tempting to respond to a particular crisis—whether it be the energy crisis, the toxic crisis, or the EMF crisis—policies oriented towards “solving” a single environmental problem tend to be expensive and ineffective. A good case in point is the federal Superfund program, which, despite targeting billions of dollars on a limited number of toxic sites, has probably purchased less environmental health and safety than a broader-based program to reduce ongoing toxic emissions would have achieved.”



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