An article on the Heritage Foundation’s blog today shows just how little it takes for some people to put their head back in the sand when it comes to dealing with global warming.
Heritage staffer Conn Carroll declares Study Shows Global Warming Will Not Hurt U.S. Economy
Carroll pretty much leaves it at that. Other than including a single self-fulfilling quote cherry-picked from the study and another from US News correspondent James Pethokoukis who comes to this strange conclusion:
The paper titled “Climate Shocks and Economic Growth” (pdf) by Melissa Dell, Benjamin Jones and Benjamin Olken is actually very good. It certainly doesn’t draw any ridiculous conclusions like the one by Pethokoukis, nor does it present the evidence to make the claims that Heritage Foundation wants to make. Dell et al. do find that the impacts of global warming on developing nations could be potentially devastating.
They conclude that:
It’s mind boggling how little evidence it takes for a free market think tank like the Heritage Foundation to be convinced that we should do nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With one paper issued at an annual general meeting and Heritage concludes unequivocally that Global Warming Will Not Hurt U.S. Economy. At the same time Heritage continues to ignore the massive amounts of evidence complied over decades by top scientists of the major negative impacts climate change will have on our way of life and the very nature of our planet.
Of course, it’s easy to take such a blind leap of faith for Heritage considering they’ve been attacking and spreading misinformation about the realities of climate science for years and have reaped the rewards from financially motivated fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil.