According to Will, those who claim that anthropogenic climate change poses a serious danger to human well-being are motivated by a desire “to stampede the world into a spasm of prophylactic statism.” He offers no evidence for this charge (no such evidence exists).
It is true, however, that the global warming problem probably cannot be addressed (let alone solved) without vigorous action by governments, acting separately and together, to reduce the greenhouse-gas emissions that economists classify as externalities. It is not the scientists whose view of science is dictated by ideology. It is “conservatives” like Will, who reason that if a problem cannot be solved by the “free market,” then that problem must be either unimportant or nonexistent.
---Hendrik Hertzberg, 2/21