The Real Threat to Human Life: Climate Change Alarmism
Washington, D.C, August 14, 2009—In an article on climate policy recently published in the journal Energy and Environment, Dr. Keith Lockitch, a fellow with the Ayn Rand Center, addresses a crucial issue ignored by climate change policy makers: the danger most global warming "remedies" pose to industrial civilization and human life.
Lockitch comments, “Climate alarmists are trying to make people hysterical over the possibility of large-scale changes to the earth’s climate, which they claim will be a 'planetary emergency.' But they ignore the fact that our susceptibility to climate-related threats depends on a lot more than what’s happening in the atmosphere. In particular, it depends on our political and economic conditions.
“Industrial development under capitalism has actually made us safer from climate-related risks than ever before in human history; it is freedom and industrialization that keep us safe from natural disasters. So even if large-scale climate changes were to occur—whether man-made or not—the worst thing we could possibly do would be to adopt green policies that attack freedom and industrial development."
Dr. Lockitch has a PhD in physics from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and is a fellow at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. His writings have appeared in publications such as the Washington Times, the Orange County Register and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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