Jack Hall: What I do know, is that if we do not act soon, it is our children and our grandchildren who will have to pay the price.
Vice President Becker: And who's going to pay the price of the Kyoto accord? It would cost the world's economy hundreds of billions of dollars.
Jack Hall: With all due respect, Mr. Vice President, the cost of doing nothing could be even higher. Our climate is fragile. At the rate we're burning fossil fuels and polluting the environment, the ice caps will soon disappear.
Vice President Becker: Professor, uh, Hall, our economy is every bit as fragile as the environment. Perhaps you should keep that in mind before making sensationalist claims.
Jack Hall: Well, the last chunk of ice that broke off was about the size of the state of Rhode Island. Some people might call that pretty sensational.
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