The Manhattan Institute's Joke of a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed...



A new report by Oren Cass of the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research dismisses predictions of the impacts of a warming world with a simple solution: When climate change turns up the heat, people just need to turn on their air conditioners...

From his analysis, “Overheated: How Flawed Analyses Overestimate the Costs of Climate Change,” the Wall Street Journal somehow arrived at the following headline for Cass’s recent op-ed: Doomsday Climate Scenarios Are a Joke.

It should be noted that Cass is a Harvard-trained lawyer, with a background in political science, not climate science. And his employer, the Manhattan Institute, for years has promoted climate science contrarianism while pushing fossil fuel development. No surprise that the organization is bankrolled by several conservative foundations, including the billionaire Mercer family, major Trump donors and funders of climate denial. 

Cass’s Wall Street Journal op-ed, which begins with “Debates over climate change are filled with dire estimates of its cost,” was quickly trumpeted by the also Mercer-backed right-wing publication Breitbart News.

What Cass is peddling with his “just get air conditioners” argument is known as adaptation. The purveyors of this approach admit the climate is changing but say that it is nothing to worry about because humans will just adapt. This argument is much more popular with the extremely wealthy than with the rest of the world’s population.

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by By Justin Mikulka • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 03:56  

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  • Jansen Simanullang
    commented 2018-03-20 04:07:54 -0700
    Oren Cass definitely did not understand the Principle of Thermodynamics in which an AC releases more heat in the end than annihilates heat. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy of the universe is always increasing and never decreases. The law of thermodynamics is not a state law or national law or international law that can be amended by human, it is as strict and exact as the Law of Gravity. If you defy the Law of Gravity by jumping from 13th floor, you will definitely be a mess. Oren Cass is a joke when he tried to argue against the basic Law of Nature.
  • Gilles Fecteau
    commented 2018-03-18 09:44:03 -0700
    So all you need to do is install air conditioning in all barns and farmer fields that grow our food.
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