Thursday, July 06, 2006

Fiddling while Rome burns

Ebell spoke about the "scientific activists" having their agendas, how global warming is good for them because it keeps their research projects well funded. You know what? He's probably right, although I'd argue that this is money well spent. Everybody's got an agenda these days; this is no selfless age. A free market, ├╝ber alles, is CEI's agenda. People who believe in letting market forces create some kind of equilibrium believe in it absolutely. I don't happen to share that view.

But ideology isn't the point. The health of the planet -- our only planet -- that's the point.

What can we conclude? How about this: Even if it's not 100 percent certain that we're rushing headlong toward some kind of ecological tipping point -- even if there's room for argument -- why argue at all?

Look. Something is happening out there. What matters here is the planet, not whose economic system prevails. Can an unfettered free market settle things? Great, use it. Would heavy regulation of private industry be more effective? Then do that. Do what it takes to get the job done. We may get only one shot. I'm not willing to put all my chips on 32 red.

How about you?
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