As of this writing, a blizzard is pummeling the Northeastern United States. Not surprisingly, today the New York Times published an opinion piece, entitled “Bundle Up, It’s Global Warming.” Its author tries to explain how it is that “the overall warming of the atmosphere is actually creating cold-weather extremes.” I’ll let you decide whether that attempt to explain our cold winter weather is successful, or if it is instead an example of petitio principii (the fallacy of begging the question) by arbitrary redefinition of some kind.
Really, it doesn’t matter one way or the other. Unless we have reached a state of widespread natural disaster, such that the peaceful coexistence of human beings on earth is impossible, the only proper way to deal with “global warming,” “climate change,” or whatever the power-grabbing bureaucrats choose to call it this week, is via the free market. Only the free market, i.e., pure laissez-faire capitalism, embodies the proper principles of peaceful, voluntary coexistence among human beings. Upholding such principles will allow human beings to produce the technology necessary to thrive in whatever climate we have in store for us. Abandoning them, by e.g., taxing citizens to fund measures designed to “reduce greenhouse gases”, is not only ineffective in terms of addressing the supposed problem, but also further destroys our economy and makes us less able to produce the values (insulated structures and motor vehicles, heat, air conditioning, etc.) necessary for us to endure periods of extreme weather.