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Climate Change

Climate Change is Mankind's Defining Crisis, And Demands a Commensurate Response...

 

December 1, 2009

C02 levels in the atmosphere are climbing steadily higher. Some believe this is having a devastating effect on humans and nature, while others argue that the threat has been overstated. Is this the moment for a bold international treaty to curb carbon emissions? Or, are the social and economic costs of reducing C02 emissions too high in world where a billion people live on a dollar or less a day?

Just days before the United Nation’s historic Copenhagen summit the Munk Debates will tackle one of the great public policy questions of our time: Climate change is mankind's defining crisis, and demands a commensurate response.

Debate Results

Pre-Debate Results

61% Pro 39% Con

Post-Debate Results

53% Pro 47% Con

CON gains 8%. CON wins

Debaters

Pro

George Monbiot

“The real costs of climate change are not measured in dollars and pounds, the real costs are measured in lives and in ecosystems . . . immeasurable.”

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Pro

Elizabeth May

“We need to look at all of Canada’s priorities, but we must address the climate crisis . . . if we fail to address it, nothing else we do makes any difference.”

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Con

Bjørn Lomborg

“. . . we are knowingly squandering colossal sums of money (on climate change) while fractional sums can save millions of lives right now.”

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Con

Lord Nigel Lawson

“We have entered a new age of unreason which threatens to be as economically harmful as it is disquieting. It is from this, above all, that we need to save the planet.”

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