Wolf heads and carbon credits

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May 9, 2011
Foundation for Economic Education
by Paul Schwennesen  
Posted in Commentary

"Abraham Lincoln, in vivid recollections from early childhood, described the cashing of bounty for freshly severed wolf heads on the steps of an Indiana courthouse. In 1816 killing wolves at public expense was seen as an obvious necessity, and probably represented a genuine emotional reassurance to the intrepid settlers of the era. Though it places me squarely out of the 'in' crowd to equate this now-discarded policy with the newfound wisdom of publicly funded carbon-reduction schemes, I can’t quite help seeing a corollary." (05/09/11)


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