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Why I Can't Be Both an Economist and a Liberal

The new abundance of natural gas and market forces are already rapidly driving down U.S. CO2 emissions from power plants and other industrial facilities. A forced acceleration imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency would cost billions of dollars and make economic and environmental problems worse.

With an economy half the size of the U.S., China emits almost twice as much CO2. Raising costs for U.S. manufactures through the president's program will only send jobs to China where production is dirtier and increase global emissions.

Liberals argue by setting a good example the U.S. can bring China along. Nonsense!

American diplomats have not been able to get Beijing to respond on its undervalued currency or protectionism generally, abandon the use of force to settle territorial disputes in the China seas, or anything else the Chinese Communist Party sees as impairing economic growth or its quest to wrest leadership from the U.S. on global economic and security issues.

Universities are under constant pressure to ensure wider opportunities for women and as a matter of policy have programs to encourage enrollment, hiring and promotion of women that discriminate against men.

All the data indicate that boys and young men are not doing as well in high school and are obtaining many fewer college degrees than women.

It seems to me that if American universities must discriminate against men to bring female faculty representation to parity with males -- no matter their performance on the basis of objective criteria -- it is only reasonable that universities be held accountable for not granting men as many degrees as women.

That has about as much chance of happening as I have to succeed Derek Jeter as shortstop for the New York Yankees. That would make about as much sense as liberal positions on the minimum wage, climate change and gender discrimination at universities.

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This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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