Syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg wrote a whopper of an op-ed that was printed in the Strib this week. Goldberg, who is also a writer for the conservative/neocon magazine National Review, wrote that the prosperity we can gain by not fixing global warming is worth a degree or two rise in global temperatures. The wealthy can sit in their climate-conditioned bunkers in the future and revel in their good fortune, counting their gold while the rest of the planet swelters.
I’ll give Goldberg points for laying out his argument in plain and simple language, but I still think he’s off-base. I would venture to guess, though, that his line of thinking is probably popular among big business, since the effect of future profits is eaiser to gauge than the effect of a numerically small rise in temperature.
Once again, the mindset of short-term gain trumping long-term sustainability rears its ugly head.