Title

"To Call A Situation Hopeless is to Call it Ideal"

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-25-2014

Publication Title

The PERCOLATOR - the PERC Blog

Publisher

Property and Environment Research Center

Abstract

The political and rhetorical battle lines have been drawn, and people are deciding which side they will take in the climate change crisis. On the one hand, we have most traditional environmental activists, a consensus of physical scientists, and a host of politicians who insist that we must do something about carbon emissions. This group wants to subsidize electric cars and solar power production, tax or ban coal-fired power plants, ban incandescent light bulbs, among other planned, top-down approaches. This group seems to believe that doing something is better than nothing. To do nothing, even if it won’t matter much, is unconscionable.