The campaign against human presence on the planet is not relegated to a radical fringe, but permeates the upper echelons of science and mainstream organizations. The concept that humans are merely carbon dioxide emitters and our presence is primarily destructive has dangerous implications. Applebaum points out that human ingenuity and creativity are largely responsible for raising living standards around the world. And it is human innovation and compassion that will help to bring about the cessation of fossil fuel use. Engendering hatred for mankind teaches only apathy.
Applebaum is a weekly columnist for The Post, writing on foreign affairs.