Belated Christmas Wishes!
The following one of the items of our Summer reading list....
Hot Stuff, Cold Logic by Richard Tol
Just as there is no logical or scientific basis for thinking that
climate change is new, there is no self-evident reason to assume that
the climate of the past is “better” than the climate of the future. With
just as little logic, we might assume that women’s rights, health care,
or education were necessarily better in the past. Any such judgment
also contradicts Hume’s Law and, perhaps worse, is grounded in a
fallacious appeal to nature understood in a very slanted way.
In sum, while climate change is a problem that must be tackled, we
should not lose our sense of proportion or advocate solutions that would
do more harm than good. Unfortunately, common sense is sometimes hard
to find in the climate debate. Desmond Tutu recently compared climate
change to apartheid.1 Climate experts Michael Mann and Daniel Kammen compared it to the “gathering storm” of Nazism in Europe before World War II.2
That sort of nonsense just gets in the way of a rational discussion
about what climate policy we should pursue, and how vigorously we should