Friday night editions of The Independents (9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with repeats three hours later, on Fox Business Network) are organized around a single theme, and tonight's is about what happens when you attempt to apply cost-benefit analysis and the scientific method to environmental problems such as (but not limited to) the warming of the planet. Before we get to any of that, watch our interview from earlier this week with Wyoming welder Andy Johnson, who is getting threatened by the Environmental Protection Agency with fines of up to $75,000 per day for the sin of building a fully permitted duck pond on his property:
Chilling stuff. Anyway, "Environmentally Challenged" starts off with a contentious interview about global warming impacts and policies with serial debater Bill Nye the Science Guy. Next comes a discussion about the science of the stuff with Climate Depot skeptic Marc Morano (once tabbed by Media Matters as the "Climate Change Misinformer of the Year") and Center for American Progress Director of Climate Strategy Daniel J. Weiss, who refused to debate directly with Moreno, and chided us for airing his views.
New York Times science writer and friend o' Reason John Tierney is next with an update on his classic and controversial 1996 piece, "Recycling is garbage." Followed by "skeptical environmentalist" and cost/benefit addict Bjorn Lomborg, who talks about comparatively inexpensive solutions to pressing environmental problems, and vice-versa. Energy economist Jerry Taylor of the Cato Institute discusses fracking and future energy sources, and beloved Reason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey talks on one of his favorite themes: how things are actually getting better all the time.
IMPORTANT NOTES: This show will re-air not just at midnight ET tonight, but also at 7 pm Sunday. On 7 pm Saturday you can watch a repeat of Wednesday's fab libertarian red meat episode featuring Greg Gutfeld, Belle Knox, Julie Borowski, Greg Lukianoff, and more. Finally, I'll be bumping this post in the 8 o'clock hour for ease of discovery by our time-sensitive commentariat.