Following the release of the most recent United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, Jonathan Adler, the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and director of the Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law, penned a piece calling for conservatives to take climate policy seriously.
Published in The Bulwark and titled “Conservatives need to engage in climate policy debate,” Adler’s piece considered that even if someone doesn’t believe cataclysmic climate change is likely, the potential consequences are sufficiently grave to justify prudent action.
“The latest IPCC report provided greater clarity about the nature of the climate challenge, but significant uncertainty remains,” he wrote. “That is the nature of the problem. But such residual uncertainty does not justify inaction. Doing nothing about climate change is neither responsible nor prudent.”