The uncertainty of climate change is an argument for – not against – decarbonizing the economy as quickly as possible
For 23 years, I worked at a libertarian thinktank, arguing against climate action. But my views have changed. I now embrace decarbonization. Why? For one thing, I’ve come to better understand risk management.
The raucous political debate with denialists aside, the real debate in climate science is about how much warming we’ll have to face, how abrupt it might be, how quickly we can adjust, how much severe weather we’ll experience, and how likely it is that various low-probability, high-impact climate events will come to pass.
Even if you think climate change is an overblown concern – we should hedge our bets
Scientists believe that the chance of a nasty surprise is much greater than the chance of a pleasant surprise
Jerry Taylor is president and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, a public policy thinktank in Washington DC. A longer version of this essay appeared at The Bulwark