Notes: As noted at the Abraham Maslow website:
"Maslow's Maxim, or as some people know it, Maslow's Hammer, has been stated and paraphrased many times over throughout his works... The concept is thus: individuals who are incomplete in their knowledge or training of solutions propose the same type of solution to every problem they encounter. They opt for the more familiar solution to one that may be more effective."
Most climate deniers (not the same as open-minded skeptics, btw) seem united by the belief that the only acceptable political-economic "tool" is laissez faire private enterprise, aka "free markets."
In contrast to their united opposition to regulation, deniers are "all over the map" in explaining why warming isn't happening, people aren't causing it, it doesn't matter, it can't be fixed, etc. As the New York Times reported from the 2009 Heartland Conference of climate deniers and skeptics:
"One challenge they faced was that even within their own ranks, the group — among them government and university scientists, antiregulatory campaigners and Congressional staff members — displayed a dizzying range of ideas on what was, or was not, influencing climate."
But virtually all participants were united by vociferous opposition to government regulation or taxes. To ward off these dreaded solutions, they apparently felt they must not concede even the existence of the problem.
In other words, if your only "tool" is laissez faire private enterprise, then problems that seem insoluble by private enterprise alone . . . cannot possibly exist.
Bite Source: Tom Smerling, inspired by Abraham Maslow
Image Source: here