Libertarians and engineers should both engage and work to address industrial climate disruption instead of fleeing to the illusory safety of science denial.
Most engineers take on some of their employer’s values. As a result, many engineers come to see industrial climate disruption as a threat to their employer and to their jobs, and that leads too many engineers to deny the reality of industrial climate disruption.
Libertarians who feel that their personal liberty is threatened by industrial climate disruption are more susceptible than most to confirmation bias and motivated reasoning. That’s why so many libertarians deny the reality of industrial climate disruption.
There are a lot of engineers among the ranks of industrial climate disruption deniers. Part Two of a series on libertarians, engineers, and climate disruption denial explores the personality traits and values of engineers.
Libertarians and engineers are often found among the vocal minority of people who deny the reality of industrial climate disruption. Part 1 of a series discusses recent research into the moral values and personality traits of libertarians.