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document updated 5 years ago, on Apr 4, 2017

Libertarians' view on environmentalism.

Pro-libertarian views

Anti-libertarian views

Are you kidding me? Pollution is a negative externality, and libertarians don't handle market failures very well AT ALL. Climate change is a collective problem. It's the result of many small decisions that add up, so you can't handle it one lawsuit at a time as free-market environmentalists would want you to.

However, note that there's a small fraction of libertarians who advocate for a carbon tax. [1] [2] [3] [4] Though it's a hard sell because libertarians tend to oppose ALL forms of taxation.