The Difference Between Climate Scientists and Economists

Typical Environmental Economist

Climate scientists, apparently, are a dour, grumpy bunch, while economists have the cheerful demeanor of a plucky role model heading enthusiastically into the future.* This, at least, is the impression left by Jean-Marie Macabrey’s account** of last week’s Cophenhagen climate fest:

At the congress, it seemed that all the scientists had to share with their peers was bad news, but a number of economists saw the climate crisis rather as an historic opportunity to reorganize the world economy and develop new, clean and job-creating activities.

* I’ve never actually seen Dora the Explorer. This metaphor is merely notional.

** Cool that Climatewire stuff is now available via NYTimes.