Feb 19, 2018

Climate Change & Prohibition

"Decades from now, I think historians are likely to look back on the hysteria over climate change today the way we, today, look back on Prohibition: as a comic misadventure that shows the harsh limits of political enthusiasm directed against basic facts of nature and society.

"However—and here’s the complicating part—whether we’ll avoid committing the folly of embracing the energy equivalent of Prohibition is still undecided. I’m thinking that we won’t, but it may be a close-run thing for a very simple and elemental reason and that’s the environmental movement, which is deeply authoritarian at its core, has an unquenchable will to power that cannot be satisfied and will not be denied."

- Professor Steven F. Hayward, Pepperdine University