Thursday, February 22, 2007

David Friedman on Global Warming
Mike Rappaport

David Friedman explains why he is sympathetic to the skeptics about global warming.  His argument is similar to ones I have been quoting and making. Here is an excerpt:

Global warming provides arguments for things that a lot of people, mostly left of center, want to do anyway—shift lifestyles away from automobiles towards mass transit, reduce consumption of depletable resources, and the like. Environmentalism is in part a real argument, in part a religion, in part an aesthetic; the second and third parts make people too willing to accept the first.

Which [helps explain] why I choose to align myself with the forces of evil and ignorance by expressing skepticism about the horrors likely to arise from global warming. Simply put, I am skeptical of conclusions that appear to go well beyond the scientific evidence, pushed by people who have reasons to want other people to believe them.

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