hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2002
it seems the blogosphere has global warming on its collective mind. I don't know of any clear, compelling, brief analyses of the science behind the debate over global warming, so I won't go there. However, I do believe very strongly that if you feel global warming is a serious problem (which is my bias), you have no business opposing nuclear power. Potential terrorism is a concern, but a substantial chunk of America's electricity already comes from nuclear power, and no one is hollering to close those plants down in the name of terrorism. Environmentalists who oppose nuclear power use the global warming issue like many pro-lifers use the abortion issue, as a way to feel morally superior to other people, without really feeling any urgency to solve or alleviate the problem.