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China Fellow Moser Discusses True Costs of Conservation

May 8, 2012

A recent editorial by media personality John Stossel about the costs of environmental protection prompted a response in the Huffington Post from Adam Moser, a China Environment Fellow and Energy Law Fellow at Vermont Law School's U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law.Image of Moser

Moser rebutted Stossel's claims in a commentary on the Huffington Post's Green blog.

"I'm sure almost every country has someone like John Stossel -- a self-righteous media personality who depicts the world in black and white, and whose appeal, to a section of the population, lies precisely in his oversimplified take on what are very complex matters," Moser wrote.

"If Stossel thinks that environmentalists are making U.S. energy prices rise, his understanding of markets and world events is skewed beyond belief. I invite him to come to China, so that he might understand why global energy prices are rising. China will struggle with leaving a dirty economic model behind because it is always easier to preference short-term economic growth over investments in value creating conservation for the future. But at least China realizes there are real physical constraints to its landfills and to its fossil fueled growth. If it doesn't realize this, then American environmentalists should be the least of Stossel's concerns."

Moser, whose specialties are environmental energy law and policy in the United States and China, has a JD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and a master of laws degree in environmental law and energy law from Vermont Law School.

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