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#13 – Why I’m lukewarm to climate change…

May 10, 2018

Reason #13 – The “moral license” that “believers” carry in their wallets
For the record: I’m neither a denier nor a zealot …  so, according to British writer (& phrase-coiner) Matt Ridley, I’m a “lukewarmer”.
Below is a post recapping  my prior 12 Reasons Why I’m Lukewarm to Climate Change

Let’s move on …

Reason #13 – The “moral license” that “believers” carry in their wallets

It’s oft-noted that most climate change celebrities dart around in private jets and gas guzzling SUVs … … and Al Gore’s mega-mansion(s) consume more energy than most suburban neighborhoods.


Guess what:  climate change hypocrisy is prevalent … and there’s a scientific reason why “believers’ don’t walk the talk.


“Moral License”, “Relative Behavior” … and the New York AG.

May 9, 2018

Beware of wolves that doth protesteth too much

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was a very public face of the #MeToo movement.

He lambasted Harvey Weinstein for his “despicable” abusive behavior against women..

He encouraged victims to come forward and vowed to prosecute any and all men who abuse women women … especially those leveraging the power of their high positions.

Apparently, “any and all” didn’t include one Eric Schneiderman.



After his warp-speed resignation, the airwaves were filled with shocked supporters and pundits asking: “How could he?”

The answer is simple and predictable …  his behavior was rooted in 2 cognitive biases: “moral license” and “relative behavior”.