Featured republicEn: Dr. Micah Green

almost 4 years ago

Dr. Micah Green is an original member of the republicEn community. And he's a scientist. Micah earned his Ph.D. from MIT in Chemical Engineering and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University where he studies nanomaterials.

What motivates Micah to stand for free-enterprise action on climate change? He kindly answered a few questions:

Why are you committed to conservation?

Micah: If we believe that we have a duty to future generations, then conservation naturally follows. I have noticed that most people who are politically conservative have an aversion to the national debt because it smacks of "spending the money of future generations" who never consented to it.

Who influences your thinking on climate change?

Micah: Augustine, Pascal and Kepler

Wow, that's nerdy.

Micah: Kepler wrote that "The diversity of the phenomena of nature is so great and the treasures hidden in the heavens so rich precisely in order that the human mind shall never be lacking in fresh nourishment."

Micah noted that in particular Augustine greatly affected his thinking in his early twenties with the way he was able to relate to Augustine's thoughts and feelings about the world.

What do you think about the future of conservatism?

Micah: Aristotle always distinguished between an object's essential, definitive properties and its accidental properties (the features that the object happens to have). My sense is that the GOP's conservative, "core" essence is a great one that can appeal to a very wide range of voters for years to come. However, to do so, the GOP will have to overcome its current "accidental properties" such as demagogic public figures, a tendency toward xenophobia, and political short-sightedness (not to mention underrepresentation in the news media). Those things don't define the GOP in reality, but they could in the eyes of the public.

We want to thank Professor Green for sharing his time with us and supporting our continued efforts to create a community of individuals interested in free market action on climate change. Interested in being one of our featured republicEns? Have an interesting story to tell? Email rebecca@republicen.org.