Cafe Hayek — where orders emerge
Boudreaux makes an argument in the above referenced article that I've not heard. To summarize: according to global warming experts, temperatures have risen over the past 250 years due to the industrial revolution and the emission of greenhouse gases. The estimated total increase in global average temperatures is somewhere between a few and several degrees. Compare this to a massive increase in human longevity, standard of living, education, rights extended to women, and health; not to mention the end of an ancient institution, slavery. All of these positives were made possible by the industrial revolution. Who, looking back, would say that they would prefer the earth to be a few degrees cooler even if it meant undoing all of human progress over the past 250 years?