Remembering Ayn Rand
UPDATE: This line in the aforementioned article is similar to what gives Petzold nightmares:
Anyone over 30 years of age today, give a silent 'Thank you' to the
nearest, grimiest, sootiest smokestack you can find.
I consider this smart writing, exactly the kind of thing which makes Ayn Rand's words so memorable. Out of context it sounds absurd, but once you get her point that industry has caused a minor amount of pollution while tripling your life expectancy, then it's, well, a smart and memorable line.
More: here's a recent interview with MIT professor Richard Lindzen: Relax, the planet is fine.