Well, there you go:
‘As usual, the chief sticking point at the conference is how much money the rich countries are supposed to give the poor countries as climate change compensation.’
Also, Joel Kotkin has a piece on ‘Obama’s Energy Dilemma: Back Energy_Fueled Growth or Please Green Lobby’:
‘For Obama, getting behind energy boom presents both enormous opportunities as well a serious political dilemma. In terms of cutting emissions, the rising use of natural gas has been a huge boon, allowing the U.S. to make greater cuts than any other major country over the past four years. Yet, the green lobby, once sympathetic to this relatively clean fuel, has turned decisively against any new gas development.’
As this blog has been trying to argue, it’s often not even Nature we’re dealing with, but a Western set of ideas which are often tied to a collectivist political philosophy and a romanticized vision of Nature which we’ve been importing from certain strands of thought in Europe. The greens have come front and center under the Obama administration. Our schools are teaching this stuff as though it were gospel and have been for at least a generation. Our major media outlets are all looking for the future and progress within this framework. This isn’t to say there are other ideas and concerns that arise from our activities and our choices in Nature, but it is to say that there is a movement afoot in our culture, politics and academics and it’s been building for awhile. I suspect Nature will be waiting for us, usually beyond such value judgments.
Related On This Site: Jonathan Adler At The Atlantic: ‘A Conservative’s Approach to Combating Climate Change’ …Ronald Bailey At Reason: ‘Delusional in Durban’…A Few Links On Environmentalism And Liberty