Would acceptance of climate change lead to greater government intrusion in our lives? (letter)
July 21, 2018
Kudos to letter-writer Brian Busch for pointing out Cal Thomas' selective use of scientific evidence ("Thomas' climate change references suspect," letter to the editor, Tuesday, July 17).
Cherry-picking data is a common practice among climate skeptics, who are often ideologically committed to attacking climate science. In reality, the climate debate isn't about science — it's about the role of government. Many conservatives dismiss evidence of climate risk because they fear that acceptance of this evidence will lead to greater government intrusion in our lives.
In his 1960 book "The Constitution of Liberty," Nobel Prize-winning economist and libertarian Friedrich Hayek writes: "Personally, I find that the most objectionable feature of the conservative attitude is its propensity to reject well-substantiated new knowledge because it dislikes some of the consequences which seem to follow from it."
How much wiser it would be to acknowledge the problem and offer bold, effective, limited-government solutions. One policy that should be considered is a revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend program, which would reduce emissions while protecting the poor and the economy. We must urge our members of Congress to find common ground on climate action.
Oak Creek, Wisconsin