Doha’s collapse will cut energy use the hard way

08/11/2008
Adherents of the minimalist approach to energy consumption have much to cheer in the collapse July 29 of the Doha Round of trade negotiations.After all, anything that suppresses economic activity also crimps the use of energy and whatever environmental consequences come with it. To the minimalist camp, every reduction in the use of energy, especially hydrocarbon energy, advances humanity. Failure of the Doha Round negotiations, over a special safeguard mechanism in farm products for developing countries, will suppress economic activity.That doesn’t have to mean disaster. During most of the nearly 7 years since the Doha Round began, trade has flourished, and the global economy has mo...
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