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Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.
July 11, 2011 By Mark Kleiman @markarkleiman
Matt’s post below is RBC post #10,000.
July 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm
Congratulations! Am not sure how many I have read – but always make sure to visit samefacts regularly for insightful discussions.
July 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm
This is one I’ve held on to as gold…
And reread every so often…
Lots of good stuff in there:
It also has a few predictions (I agree with the first and am contrary on the second):
Naturally â€“ this is Kleiman speaking not, not Schelling â€“ when the â€œsmall governmentâ€ loons get out of global-warming-denialist mode, they will naturally strongly prefer the SRM option to any sort of carbon controls: regulations, taxes, or cap-and-trade. This will be especially true of the propeller-head techno-optimists who think that every problem has an engineering solution. But I predict that they mostly wonâ€™t get their way. When one side of a debate denies the existence of a problem, it has (deserves) a hard time getting its preferred solutions to the purported non-problem taken seriously. That was the fate of much liberal thinking about crime control; once youâ€™ve announced that â€œcrimeâ€ is a made-up problem and that crime control is just a cover for racism, why should anyone pay attention to you when you announce that you know how to control it?
I predict those that vociferously deny global warming will not be held accountable for being wrong. All will be forgotten in the very next sound byte. In fact, I think they’ll actually continue to dominate the debate. Conservative reality is wonderfully malleable. Sean Hannity will become an instant expert on cooling the planet down the minute he stops scolding everyone about it heating up. It is all very much like the zombie argument that tax cuts for the rich will cause all boats to rise.
All boats will rise of course, but not because of Trickle Down.
Which I guess is proof of that old saying: Even a blind zombie will find some carrion now and then…
Keith Humphreys says
July 12, 2011 at 5:18 am
Congratulations to Mark, who toiled in solitude at this site for years and has written I suspect more RBC posts than the rest of us put together.
Dan Staley says
July 12, 2011 at 11:41 am
Congratulations! IMHO indispensable.