The Meaning of Climate Mastery

Source: Bet On It
by Bryan Caplan

“Alex Epstein introduced the notion of ‘climate mastery’ in The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, but Fossil Future turns it into a formidable intellectual battering ram. Plenty of thinkers talk about ‘adaptation’ to global warming. Where you hear ‘adaptation,’ though, it’s hard to be optimistic. You can practically hear the hand-waving: Faced with global climactic changes, human beings are just supposed to ‘adapt?!’ Epstein’s answer, in effect is: Yes, because we already ‘adapt’ on a massive scale. Adaptation is not a novel solution to a novel problem. It is a standard solution to a standard problem …” (11/03/22)