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Even U.N. Admits That Going Green Will Cost $76 Trillion
Two years ago, U.N. researchers were claiming that it would cost ?as much as $600 billion a year over the next decade? to go green. Now, a new U.N. report has more than tripled that number to $1.9 trillion per year for 40 years.

The survey details where that money would go. ?Survey estimates that incremental green investment of about 3 percent of world gross product (WGP) (about $1.9 trillion in 2010) would be required to overcome poverty, increase food production to eradicate hunger without degrading land and water resources, and avert the climate change catastrophe.?

The U.N. calls for a push toward the ?green economy? even though it freely admits ?there is no unique definition of the green economy.? The survey's introduction rationalizes the massive cost by explaining ?the green economy concept is based on the conviction that the benefits of investing in environmental sustainability outweigh the cost of not doing so.? So, by that rationale, any cost is sustainable.

Educational policies? They are just a start. Try energy caps ?if, for instance, emission reduction targets cannot be met through accelerated technological progress in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation, it may be necessary to impose caps on energy consumption itself in order to meet climate change mitigation targets in a timely manner.?

That would lead naturally to ?the prospect of ?prosperity without growth,?? and even the U.N. admits that ?may not be very appealing.? No matter. We?ll all have to accept that and the ?major structural transformations of economies and societies.?

The report noted that all of this $76 trillion in spending in based on the ?precautionary principle? decided at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. According to that principle, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang wrote, ?in the absence of scientific consensus that a particular action or policy is harmful to the public or to the environment, the burden of proof that the suspect action or policy is not harmful rests with the party or parties implementing it.? In other words, even if the U.N. is wrong on climate change, we should still spend $76 trillion to fight it.

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