There’s Only One Solution To Ending Hotcoldwetdry Or Something

Surprisingly, it’s not a tax, as written by Mayer Hillman at the UK Guardian

There are three options in tackling climate change. Only one will work

The world faces a near-impossible decision – one that is already determining the character and quality of the lives of the generations succeeding us.

It is clear from the latest IPCC climate report that the first and only effective course, albeit a deeply unpopular one, would be to stop using any fossil fuels. The second would be to voluntarily minimise their use as much as climate scientists have calculated would deliver some prospect of success. Finally, we can carry on as we are by aiming to meet the growth in demand for activities dependent on fossil fuels, allowing market forces to mitigate the problems that such a course of action generates – and leave it to the next generation to set in train realistic solutions (if that is possible), that the present one has been unable to find.

These are the choices. There are no others. Future generations will judge us on what we choose to do in full knowledge – accessories before the fact – of the devastating consequences of continuing with our energy-profligate lifestyles.

What a legacy we are bequeathing – regions of the world becoming uninhabitable at an accelerating rate, creating potentially millions of ecological refugees; a burgeoning world population, diminishing reserves of finite and other resources, shortages of water and food, calamitous loss of genetic variability, and wars of survival.

Remarkably, public expectations about the future indicate that only minor changes in the carbon-based aspects of our lifestyles are anticipated. It is as if people can continue to believe that they have an inalienable right to travel as far and as frequently as they can afford. Indeed, there is a widespread refusal by politicians to admit to the fact the process of melting ice caps contributing to sea level rises, and permafrost thawing in tundra regions cannot now be stopped, let alone reversed. The longer we procrastinate, the greater the certainty of environmental degradation, social upheaval and economic chaos.

One has to wonder if Mr. Hillman will be taking a fossil fueled trip to the UN IPCC COP24 in Katowice, Poland. I wonder if he went to the pre-COP24 in Krakow, Poland, in October. Will he rail at all the attendees who took long fossil fueled trips to the conferences?

One also has to wonder when all Believers will give up their own use of fossil fuels. They’re so enthused to deny the use of reliable, inexpensive, easily obtained energy to people in 3rd world nations, which could bring them out of poverty, but, they don’t do the same in their own lives.

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13 Responses to “There’s Only One Solution To Ending Hotcoldwetdry Or Something”

  1. Jl says:

    “Regions of the world becoming uninhabitable…”. Really? Where? A warming world would make more places habitable.

  2. Jethro says:

    When will all Small Gov’t Believers give up all their SS, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment payments, gov’t salaries instead of insisting Others give up theirs??

    • formwiz says:

      All we want is that it be privatized with a means test and invested in the markets, rather than controlled by Democrat drifters.

      But what does any of this have to do with the issues at hand?

      • Jethro says:

        But what does any of this have to do with the issues at hand

        Because our Carnival Barker-in-Chief is trying to distract America with tales of “bad guys” with smallpox and leprosy.

        It’s the long plan of the GOP to turn over billions a year of taxpayer money to Wall Street. The elites ALWAYS take from the poor to give to the rich. Cut taxes for the wealthy, cut benefits for the working classes. Same with Medicare. The ill-advised GOP tax cuts for the wealthy are causing the deficits and debt to explode, and the GOP answer is to take money from the working classes.

  3. TheHat says:

    How about three times is a charm? This same prediction made ten years ago, didn’t come true then. Or now. Maybe next time around. Oh, wait…according to the Global Warming models in use, the average temperature today was supposed to be 950 degrees.

  4. Jl says:

    Why would we give up SS and Medicare? We pay taxes on it.

    • david7134 says:

      Not only that, Obama, the worst president in history, forced older folks on Medicare by eliminating their perfectly good policies.

    • Jethro says:

      Why would we give up SS and Medicare?

      To not be a hypocrite, of course. You support politicians who want to cut Social Security, Medicare and other programs to reduce tRump’s burgeoning deficit. If you’re on SS, other workers are paying for you now. You paid for others when you were working.

      The rest of us will believe you when you take your own advice, stop being total hypocrites, and give up your own gov’t subsidies.

      • formwiz says:

        IOW you’re OK with millionaires getting a check, fraud, and the usual government waste.

        If you’re on SS, other workers are paying for you now. You paid for others when you were working.

        It was pitched as a trust fund, but the Demos used it as another income tax. It was never intended to be in a hand-to-mouth state, but, since it is in default now, Jeffery is the hypocrite because he has no plan for when it crashes.

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