Immigration, climate change collide

August 8, 2010 • Climate Change & Mitigation, Daily Email Recap

Thanks to Joe Bish for this article.

At the nexus of the Democrats’ two most urgent policy priorities – reducing CO2 emissions and immigration reform that includes amnesty for 12 million illegal immigrants – lies an uneasy reality: Enactment of the latter may prove to be the key obstacle to achieving the former.

The economic and national security implications of open borders have been examined in depth. Less study, however, has been devoted to the possible environmental impact of immigration.

People migrate to the United States to improve their standard of living. But the liberal wish of immigration amnesty may have deleterious effects on the environment, as millions of people from developing countries settle down in, or are encouraged to move to, the world’s largest energy-consuming country and quickly embrace all the CO2-causing ways of the world’s richest economy.

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