Does Discussing Carbon Taxes Count as Talking About Climate Change?

One of the things I do in order to make my writing as helpful as possible is to try to time topics with associated current events- makes sense to talk about something when it’s on people’s minds, right? By that same logic, I’m a little suspicious (read, a lot suspicious) of people who say that hurricanes are not a time to talk about climate change, especially since warmer ocean temperatures do in fact have an impact on hurricane severity. So let’s talk about climate change, sort of.

On one hand, engaging in activities that are not environmentally friendly is not evidence that one doesn’t believe in climate change (though I guess you can’t rule it out either), it’s just evidence of self interest, and it’s why there’s opportunity for centralized coordination regarding how to mitigate the effects of climate change. Here’s more:

No, Taking My SUV to the Gym Doesn’t Mean I Deny Climate Science, but It Doesn’t Mean I Shouldn’t…

No, Taking My SUV to the Gym Doesn’t Mean I Deny Climate Science, but It Doesn’t Mean I Shouldn’t…

If you follow politics news, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a lot of discussion regarding whether our elected leaders “believe in…

Source: medium.com/@jodiecongirl/no-taking-my-suv-to-the-gym-doesnt-mean-i-deny-climate-science-but-it-doesn-t-mean-i-shouldn-t-108e584a9ea2

On the other hand, fleeing a hurricane zone actually does mean that you don’t believe that a hurricane is fake news, since the self-interest logic doesn’t apply in the same way. Nor does this:

I think this is a good time to remind everyone that only costly signals matter. In related news, I could use any help you can give on arguing against this logic:

Never thought I’d be fighting a war against Bayesian updating, but here we are.