Hysterical groupthink about global warming? – see below
We sup at Gerhardt’s 2-in 1 restaurant
(NW corner of Republic and William Nicol, Hurlingham)
from about 6pm on Wednesday 5 September 2007, so please join us.
cheers, Jim (who will be absent en route to where, sang Tom Lehrer, ‘they spent four dollars and fifty cents on armaments and their defence, d’you ever hear of such confidence, Andorra hip hoorah!’)
Jeff Jacoby (in the Boston Globe) courageously denounces the hysterical groupthink so prominent in the crusade against global warming. I am a global-warming skeptic — not of the science of climate change (for I have no expertise to judge it), but of combating climate change with increased government power.
Al Gore, Robert Kennedy Jr., and too many others dismiss the downside of curtailing capitalism in order to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. They write and speak as if the material prosperity that capitalism brings is either not threatened by increased government power, or is of only small importance when compared to the threat of global warming.
Truly reasonable people are, and ought to be, skeptical of each of these dogmas.
DONALD J. BOUDREAUX
The writer is chairman of the department of economics at George Mason University.over 5 years ago