Two Back-up Plans Needed
According to John J. Reilly:
If Anthropogenic Global Warming turns out not to be a problem, the creationists (and maybe other pseudo-scientists) will not let us forget it. The hard left is already preparing a back-up plan. (The “Living Marxism” people are planning to blame pro-nuclear people.) The academic scientists that the Global-Warming hysterics are claiming to speak for also need a back-up plan.
Some thought should be given to the consequences of the disconfirmation in five or ten years of the anthropogenic climate-change hypothesis. Henry Farlie once remarked that no institution came through the 1960s with its integrity intact. We could experience a comparable disillusionment, this time with the scientific and public policy establishments as the victims.
It is difficult not to enjoy the sight of the Wise and Good with egg on their face. Nonetheless, it is a bad thing when a necessary public institution is discredited. We need science. We also need its practitioners to be believable.
On the other hand, if Anthropogenic Global Warming does turn out to be a major problem, we reactionaries also need a back-up plan. Advocating nuclear power will do, but we must be better known for it.