Yes, there are benefits to climate change

Yes, there are benefits to climate change
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Point Hope, Alaska, is tiny and ill-provisioned, an Arctic backwater so inaccessible that basic groceries have to be flown in and gasoline can only be brought in by barge during the summer. …

But Point Hope’s luck is changing. High-speed Internet is coming, and with it the benefits of ties to the world: improved education and health care, more options for consumers, and a chance to attract tourists.

All thanks to global warming.

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In the church of climate alarmism, there may be no heresy more dangerous than the idea that the world will benefit from warming. Zealous preachers seek to scare their flock with forecasts of catastrophe, horror, and threats to civilization. Anyone who demurs is denounced as an apostate: an anti-science “denier.”

But while climate change brings negatives, it brings positives, too. Polar melting may cause dislocation for those who live in low-lying coastal areas, but it will also lead to safe commercial shipping in formerly inhospitable northern seas, and to economic opportunity for high-latitude residents.

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