And so the Left went from viewing cheap energy as a fundamental human right and key to environmental restoration to a threat to the planet and harmful to the poor. In the name of “appropriate technology” the revamped Left rejected cheap fertilizers and energy. In the name of democracy it now offers the global poor not what they want — cheap electricity — but more of what they don’t want, namely intermittent and expensive power. — April 29, 2013 | Michael Shellenberger & Ted Nordhaus
From Part 2: How the Left Came to Reject Cheap Energy for the Poor. This is part of an important Breakthrough Institute series: The Great Progressive Reversal. Start here Part 1: It’s Not About the Climate.