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April 15, 2008


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Global warming has become an unavoidable issue now days. Its effects can be seen broadly everywhere. No doubt that government should think seriously about it as it can turn very dangerous in the near future.

Uzair Kayani

This was an excellent talk. I think there are three roundabout ways to get intergenerational bargaining.

First, we could abolish the minimum voting age. I expect that people in high school might vote much more than people in college, or those who have newly entered the work force (because the latter are too mobile etc). Doing away with the voting age might create some perverse incentives in other areas (e.g. support for subsidizing video games) but those may be countered by interest groups (parents?), or if not, they may be worth the cost, especially if they replace other perverse programs (some present subsidies, for example).

Second, we would reach the same result by having a maximum voting age (say under 60)- we could replace the age floor with an age ceiling. But that is less likely to fly.

A third possibility would be enabling online or phone-based voting- the same way that some people pay their bills. The idea would be to make the process of voting less costly for young people. This should also reduce the age of the median voter, at least in the near future.

All three ways should increase support for tackling climate change. The immediate effect may not be large, but the median voter at each point in the future (2040, 2060) could be significantly younger in these scenarios.

Settlement Loan

"First, we could abolish the minimum voting age. I expect that people in high school might vote much more than people in college"

You do realize the minimum voting age is there to prevent issues with young people being swayed into voting for someone beyond the politics itself

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