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Mon Apr 21, 2014, 09:03 PM

Even motherhood & apple pie are fair targets if it turns out that liberals happen to like them

There Goes the Sun
APRIL 21, 2014, 5:22 PM

Like just about everyone who has looked at the numbers on renewable energy, solar power in particular, I was wowed by the progress. Something really good is in reach.


For the Kochs, its partly a matter of financial interest. But for the conservative movement in general, Kevin Drum has it right: its all about tribalism. Liberals like solar power, so were against it. Or as Drum says,

Weve now entered an era in which affinity politics has gotten so toxic that even motherhood and apple pie are fair targets if it turns out that liberals happen to like apple pie.


What makes it even worse is that one (not the only) reason to like the solar revolution is that it helps fight climate change. So if youre a card-carrying conservative, who believes that climate change is the biggest, most intricate, and most incredibly successful conspiracy in history thousands of scientists around the world, and not one of them squealing! you want to block solar even if it saves money.

To reuse an old line from Brad DeLong, at this point right-wing paranoia is worse than you can possibly imagine, even if you take into account the fact that its worse than you can possibly imagine.


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