Kyle Smith, reviewing Ronald Bailey's new book, The End of Doom: Environmental Renewal in the Twenty-first Century:
Environmentalist groups are, of course, in the same business as the folks who brought you the “Saw” movies. Their fundraising depends on it, and the media rarely go back to fact-check past predictions, instead blustering ahead with the next dire warning.
Bailey doesn’t claim that global challenges simply resolve themselves — although, as we have seen, some scares were fictitious, based on junk science to begin with.
The doomsayers simply never account for the role of human cooperation and ingenuity in confronting challenges. . . .
So will global warming, a much more complicated issue than CFCs, be resolved by cooperation or ingenuity? Ask yourself which science has seen more breakthroughs in the last few decades — political science or technology.
Related: Matt Ridley, "The Green Scare Problem".
Also related: Jonathan V. Last, "Remember Ebola?"