Article recommendation – The wreckage of the “climate consensus” by Mike Zemack

4 03 2010

The wreckage of the “climate consensus” by Mike Zemack

I thought Mike’s article was a good summary on the issue of global warming or climate change as it’s now being called. 

I get frustrated by many of the supposed free market supporters I observe getting caught up debating various technicalities while missing the bigger picture ie: the further expansion of government powers and erosion of individual rights. 

Humans require freedom to act for their survival.  Mike explains this when stating his position on climate change: 

“It’s of course possible that human industrial activity contributes, but there is no evidence that man is a major factor, if at all. To the extent that he is, it is part of the natural process. Like any life form, man has a means of survival. Unlike all other life forms, man’s means is to alter, not adapt to, the environment, through his faculty of reason, to suit his needs and comfort. This is a fact of nature. As an example, and by the standard of human life as a value, the fossil fuel industry – the focus of evil for the environmentalists – has been a huge improvement to the environment. Man’s living environment, that is. Think about that the next time you leave your warm home, drive to your favorite supermarket, step out of your heated car that got you there, and then hustled across a frigid wintertime parking lot and into a toasty store – all courtesy of the oil industry.”

Mike also mentions an article by Mike Landsbaum that I hadn’t come across previously.  “What to say to a global warming alarmist“.  It’s a nice format.  A 19 point list:

“……..here are some of the latest talking points to bring up when someone reminds you that Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won Nobel prizes for their work on global warming.”

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