Since LFV seems to be where a lot of the more reasonable and intelligent libertarians hang out, I think I’ll occasionally use my posts here to ask questions of you about points of libertarian thinking that I do not quite understand. I don’t promise to agree with your stances once they’re explained, of course, but I’m always interested in learning more about why libertarians (and anyone else, for that matter) think the way they do.
So, first subject: environmentalism. I understand and agree with libertarians who do not think people should be coerced into taking so-called “green” actions like recycling, driving smaller cars, and so on. I also know there are some who are skeptical of climate change theories. But what puzzles me is that some libertarians seem rather contemptuous of things like buying carbon offsets, switching to swirly flourescent light bulbs, driving hybrids, and so on, in and of themselves and as voluntary actions. How come?