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July 26, 2006

You Don't Say?

Responding to the heat wave in LA, Prof. Bainbridge writes:

Still, I'm feeling less libertarian about [global warming] every day the temperature stays above 90.

Funny how that works. It's like I've said before -- if a neocon is a liberal who got mugged, a progressive is a conservative who got sick.

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Great observation. It's always amazing how many conservatives want the gov't out except for their particular issue. For example, Bob Dole was conservative except for the American's With Disabilities Act.

I'm sure we can all think of more examples.

Posted by: Samuel Knight | Jul 26, 2006 3:57:20 PM

A civil-libertarian is a conservative who's been indicted.

Posted by: Thlayli | Jul 26, 2006 4:03:50 PM

Oh please.

Conservatives don't change their minds!

When they get indicted or sick they just become victims of the massive liberal conspiracies in the judicial and law enforcement system and liberal control of viruses, bacteria and prions.

Posted by: Stephen | Jul 26, 2006 4:18:26 PM

Hmmm...periodic heatwaves may be common down in godforsaken SoCalistan, but the heat in Northern California is way beyond anything we've experienced in over 50 years. (Death toll stands at 41 verified, so far...more on the way, I'm afraid.)

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Jul 26, 2006 4:25:27 PM

It was well over 90 the two weeks I was in Barcelona (the locals were saying "It's never this hot!"), and not much better in NYC when I overnighted.


Posted by: fiat lux | Jul 26, 2006 4:34:57 PM

Fiat lux, that's an important point--what makes this heat wave truly extraordinary, and what makes it seem like a symptom of global warming (fairly or not), is that it's so widespread, covering most of North America and Europe at the same time.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Jul 26, 2006 4:46:09 PM

The basic views of conservatism do not change. They merely find someway, as has been mentioned, to make an exception for themselves when necessary. But- then- so too do liberals.

Posted by: akaison | Jul 26, 2006 4:46:41 PM

As I say during coldsnaps when jokers howl "Where's yer global warming now??": the weather is not the climate.

Posted by: Grumpy | Jul 26, 2006 4:46:58 PM

It cuts both ways. I've become significantly less interested in global warming as I've become infected with malaria and other tropical infections.

Posted by: alkali | Jul 26, 2006 5:54:14 PM

Pete Domenici is another example. Down-the-line conservative, except on mental health parity, an area where his daughter needed treatment.

Posted by: Chris | Jul 26, 2006 8:00:43 PM

Oh! And who could forget this doozy?

Speaking of contracting out, an administration move to privatize air traffic control at 69 airports has sparked opposition from labor groups, which contend it would compromise safety.

The administration had proposed 71 airports, but House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Don Young (R-Alaska), who supports the effort, got someone to strike the two Alaska airports on the list.

Young, on an Alaska cable TV show a week ago, acknowledged the move generated some heat.

"Of course the criticism of myself," he said, "is that I exempted the state of Alaska." But there were ample reasons for that, he said, ticking off a number of them.

"Lastly," Young said, "my hotel room is on the top floor of the Sheraton, and the airplanes take right off towards my hotel room. Every morning I look out and there's one coming right at me. It's an interesting experience and I want to make sure everything is done right in that field."

--Washington Post, September 22, 2003

Posted by: Chris | Jul 26, 2006 8:05:39 PM

Somehow the word 'hypocrit' has lost its sting. One could go beyond this loss of a perfectly good word and say that for many being a hypocrit and being caught at it is a badge of honor.

Posted by: JimPortlandOR | Jul 26, 2006 9:37:34 PM

That's exactly what I thought when I read Blinded by the Right. You honestly get the feeling that a movement conservative who actually did hew consistently to "conservative principles" when it affected them personally would be treated as a freak by his comrades.

Posted by: Chris | Jul 26, 2006 10:01:41 PM

Chris,

and , for all his sins, isn't that what is happening to bill buckley now that he is calling bush a failure?

aimai

Posted by: aimai | Jul 26, 2006 10:45:55 PM

It cuts both ways. I've become significantly less interested in global warming as I've become infected with malaria and other tropical infections.

Posted by: alkali | Jul 26, 2006 2:54:14 PM

Well, get ready for more of those tropical diseases, we're likely to get more of those as the earth warms...

Chuck

Posted by: Chuck | Jul 27, 2006 7:24:41 AM

Yeah, my neighbor has had 5 dead birds in her yard in two weeks. Can you say "Triple E?" Called the health department, they didn't seem too concerned. :rollseyes

Posted by: Adrock | Jul 27, 2006 9:36:32 AM

For reasons similar to Domenici's with regard to mental health parity, Newt Gingrich did more to expand Medicare coverage of diabetes testing and treatment than any other Member of Congress by far.

Posted by: Vadranor | Jul 27, 2006 3:02:21 PM

I'm probably inviting a mobbing here, but I figure I may as well toss out that there's nothing about libertarianism *per se* that entails any particular position on global warming, even though in practice we've seen a lot of skepticism coming out of libertarian tanks and writers. To the extent human industry is creating harmful climate change, that's pretty clearly a fit subject for government action in libertarian ideology.... presumably that's precisely why lots of libs want to believe it just isn't happening (or not very much, anyway).

Posted by: Julian Sanchez | Jul 27, 2006 6:19:26 PM

I'm probably inviting a mobbing here, but I figure I may as well toss out that there's nothing about libertarianism *per se* that entails any particular position on global warming, even though in practice we've seen a lot of skepticism coming out of libertarian tanks and writers.

That's actually a point that struck me about the Bainbridge quote. His implication that there is a libertarian position on global warming is really nothing more than an admission that he himself applies an ideological test to scientific fact.

Posted by: Tom Hilton | Jul 27, 2006 7:43:57 PM

Sanchez is right, the mob can stand down. Three things need to be distinguished: (1) libertarian principles, which don't require that catastrophic externalities be ignored, (2) empirical beliefs about climatory change, & (3) the will to do what principle & the facts require. I suspect Bainbridge, along with many others, is a crudball of the third kind.

Posted by: KH | Jul 29, 2006 2:18:50 AM

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