Expanded quote: from Naomi Oreskes, professor and science historian at the University of California, San Diego addressing a climate skeptic:
"I totally agree with you that we better be damn sure (about changing the entire economic system to address climate change)...
We are talking about a complete transformation of the energy system that is the basis of our economic activity. So, I think you are 100% correct to say we want to be sure that we move forward with confidence that we are basing our decisions on good information.
But here is the thing: you are not doing that. Because, by rejecting the science, you are actually making your decision on bad information. You are accepting your information from people who have their own reasons, motivations, for denying the science. Motivations that do not come out of problems with the scientific evidence. The people I have studied one of the things they feared was massive government intrusion in our private lives. I agree with them on that.
I do not want the government telling me what to do, but the longer we wait, the worse this problem gets...If we start doing it now, we can have an orderly transition. If we wait until we have a crisis, then there is going to be a panic, and I think it is going to be much worse. Then I think you are going to see a lot of government interventions that you do not want to see at all."
"I do not want the government telling me what to do. But, the longer we wait, the worse this problem gets...then you are going to see a lot of government interventions that you do not want to see at all." — Naomi Oreskes.