Clearly excited by Sarah Palin - aren't we all? - Bryan is on fire just now, but I'm going to take him up on this one. He suggests here that a true conservative would be bound to buy in to the anthropogenic global warming package, and that those of us who don't have been corrupted by those twin impostors, neoliberalism and noeconservatism. Well pardon me mister, but it seems to me that a position of scepticism (note, scepticism, not outright denial) is entirely consistent with a conservative outlook that is naturally suspicious of anything that approximates to a universal explanatory system , that is equally conscious of the limitations and the provisional nature of human knowledge , and that deeply mistrusts universalist, transnational 'solutions' that overlook the deep complexity and variety of human institutions (especially solutions that involve huge concentrations of state power and huge expenditure of other people's - i.e. our - money).
It is surely perfectly possible to respect the complexity of natural systems and to wish to minimise human disruption of them, without believing in the anthropogenic warming model (which is in itself an inevitably simplistic representation of an endlessly complex system). For myself, I can see a good deal of sense in many 'green' imperatives - and, as I've observed before, my 'carbon footprint' is a great deal smaller than that of most of the warmists I know. But I still think scepticism on the Big One is the sanest position -and, as it happens, a genuinely conservative one.