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3. Global Warming
The scientific consensus suggests the globe is warming, and bureaucrats from Washington to Brussels want to use it as an excuse to push through more government, more taxes, and more regulations. But climate change doesn’t have to be such a downer.
Climate change, after all, may well be responsible for the rise of homo sapiens in the first place. Why? Because we were the most adaptable. Adaptability means progress. In fact, big centralized government plans have retarded a lot of human progress; reliance on a system of slavery in Ancient Greece and Rome prevented the development of technology that would increase productivity (who needs to be productive when you can just capture more free labor?), the centralized Church helped keep Europe in the dark ages for centuries, and China’s political unification has been blamed for the lack of Chinese shipping during the age of exploration.
While conferences in Copenhagen or Bonn may not contribute much to climate change but more carbon dioxide emissions (from the delegates and their modes of travel), science holds the answers, if you can cut through the doom and gloom politics.