Ted Nordhaus of The Breakthrough Institute provides insight into the motivations of the environmental movement.
- In recent years we have seen the environmental movement shift and prioritize activism and ideology over pragmatism and durable solutions.
- This shift threatens our ability to reduce emissions and accelerate human prosperity.
- Meaningful climate progress will be achieved by local leadership and bottom-up solutions that are spurred by economic freedom.
“In this, the regressive and obstructionist impulses of the environmental community do not represent a deviant impulse, a failure to grapple with the scale and nature of global climate change, or a mistaken turn toward utopianism when pragmatism is called for. They are central to the ideology and identity. Caring for the environment and being an environmentalist are not the same thing—and can even be antithetical. An abundant, just, and ecologically vibrant future will require a very different sort of politics and a very different sort of movement.”
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