Would Isaiah Approve of Emissions Trading?

By Robert Rabinowitz

CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, June 21, 2002

The author argues that there are good reasons, both theoretical and empirical, to suggest that market-based policies can be highly effective in counteracting environmental degradation. However, in light of the prophet Isaiah's condemnation of landowners whose greed for property led them to create huge landed estates backing into each other, which robbed the landless poor of a place to live and to tend to their flock, he maintains that the use of market mechanisms to solve environmental problems must be monitored very carefully lest they lead to undue exclusion of those who cannot afford the market's price of entry. The author concludes by discussing the Talmudic book Baba Batra and contends that the rabbis' sensitivity to the need to balance private and public rights to the same piece of property is a useful tool for thinking about market-based environmental policies.

Topic: Political Behavior, Jewish Content, Environment, Globalization, Social Issues, Politics

Name of Publication: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

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Genre: Opinion

Coverage: Canada , United States

Language: English

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Rabinowitz, Robert. Would Isaiah Approve of Emissions Trading?. CLAL Politics and Policy Archive. CLAL: the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. 21 June 2002: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8290


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