The Corner

Climate-Change Discussion

You may (or may not) have noticed my almost total lack of blogging over the past few months. I have been devoting all of my time available for writing to my book.

I did, however, do a bloggingheads discussion over the weekend with David Orr, an academic who has written a very hard eco-left book on climate change and related subjects. He is also charming, smart, well-informed, and well-intentioned. The subject was his book, so I tried mostly to explore his views rather than yak about my own, but I spent probably half the time on various iterations of a question that I find to be the key one with climate-change-action advocates: “What is the maximum price you would pay to avoid deleterious effects of climate change?” That exchange starts at about the 20-minute point.

Jim Manzi is CEO of Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), an applied artificial intelligence software company.