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This headline, and the premise it espouses is pretty stunning to me really. We don’t know how much the planet is going to warm over the next 100 years, but we still need to do something about that. If we don’t know how much it will warm, then how can we possibly plan?
First off, I love how they start the article with, “It’s a well-worn fact that our round Earth is warming, and that human carbon emissions are the cause.” It’s well-worn alright, worn-out! If the earth is warming it’s because the earth always warms, and cools, then warms. It’s done this always and always will. They never seem to notice that we’ve had ice ages and warming periods before during times when there was no human being on the earth to add to the carbon footprint. They don’t seem to notice that carbon cannot be created or destroyed.
It’s all so hard to predict, says the author, but what we do know is that, “The two degrees Celsius warming target—adopted by scientists and politicians alike [is] a threshold we ought to stay below ” Why? Because they’ve set that totally arbitrary number and so we should take heed.
And the grand finale of this piece? Something must be done, something, anything, to save the planet. “Of course, none of this changes the fact that we need to act quickly to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. So, what’s the average person to do about it all? If you live in a wealthy nation, here’s a list of choices you can make to align your lifestyle with the Paris goal.”
So, if you live in a wealthy country you’ve got to do something. That’s ignoring the fact that only a few countries are wealthy and of those not all of them are places of free choice and will concerning how business operates (China for example) and of major polluting counties not all of them (India) are rich. In both China and India the majority of the population has no flexibility in how they live their lives. They have one lifestyle, survival, and that’s it. If it gets warmer on earth they aren’t going to hear about it on CNN they are just going to notice it over the next 100 years and adapt accordingly. Only those wealthy countries have the luxury of angst and hand-wringing over what the earth is doing. Those rich westerners, what are they going to with those backwards poor? Run their lives for them of course. They will have to, in order to save the world.
Of course, none of this changes the fact that we need to act quickly to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. So, what’s the average person to do about it all? If you live in a wealthy nation, here’s a list of choices you can make to align your lifestyle with the Paris goal.