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I used to be an environmentalist.
I once wrote that “scientists are right about climate change.” I have long opposed logging clear-cuts and excessive drilling. I even voted for the Green Party candidate (gasp!) for president. But this longtime supporter of environmentalism has completely abandoned its modern instantiation.
Here are five reasons why.
Demonstrators walk the Brooklyn Bridge during a strike for climate on March 3, 2023, in New York City. (Leonardo Munoz/VIEWpress/Corbis via Getty Images)
1. Failed climate change predictions.
Science is about accurate prediction. If Newton’s theory had failed to predict how apples fall, then it would be useless.
Few scientists have been as bad at this (basic) job as climate scientists. In 2017, scientists made dire predictions about the fate of glaciers around the world. Based on these models, the climate crowd erected signs in Glacier National Park predicting its glaciers would be gone in 2020 – only to be forced to leave the signs after the predictions proved false.
For a year, tourists to the park were met with a monument to the legacy of climate science: They stood looking