What would Ayn Rand have said about climate change?

The growing problem of climate change is seen not just in the atmosphere, but in the minds of men as well. It is easy to see how in the olden days, men smoked cigarettes; man was at one with his creator aspect, embellishing himself with an example of the fire he had tamed (and the lung cancer he was seeding) wherever he went.

But today, non-creators and second-handers do not want man to be creative. They want him to be a slave. This is why they oppose smoking. They oppose climate change too, of course, but climate change is just a red herring; the real issue is smoking as will be obvious from anyone who dares to discern the matter through the power of reason, making no excuses for himself and his reliance on man’s highest faculties.
 
The people who oppose climate change may tell you that they want you to ride trains and live in skyscrapers. I, of course, also like trains and skyscrapers (in general, I seem to have something about large and imposing inanimate objects that inspire peculiarly submissive sentiments in my otherwise domineering personality – however, it is very rational since skyscrapers and trains are less emotional than human males).
 
Rational. It is important to use that word when discussing climate change (as it is everywhere else). When people show you charts and statistics and talk about Co2 they are not empowering man’s individual agency. That is irrational. When they smoke cigarettes and live in skyscrapers they are rational. It is good to be rational. And that is how we solve climate change.

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