Bummer: Back To Normal Post-COVID Leads To Climate Doom

Do you remember what it was like during lockdown? With you stuck at home, most things closed so there’s nothing to do, businesses shuttered and many going out of business permanently, and so much more? That’s what Vox and so many Warmists want a return to, and stronger

“Back to normal” puts us back on the path to climate catastrophe

The Covid-19 pandemic upended daily life so drastically that there was a moment when it seemed to be making a dent in the climate crisis. Rush-hour traffic disappeared, global travel slowed to a crawl, and the resulting economic tailspin sent energy-related pollution plummeting almost 6 percent globally. This kind of decline in pollution is unprecedented in modern human history — it’s as though the emissions output of the entire European Union had suddenly disappeared. It led many to wonder if the Covid-19 crisis would at least give us a little extra time to avert climate emergency.

More than a year after Covid-19 abruptly changed everyone’s routines, the United States is itching to return to “normal,” and some parts of the economy are approaching business as usual. But for the climate, “back to normal” means pollution is rebounding and, worryingly, climate change is accelerating.

“We ultimately need cuts that are much larger and sustained longer than the Covid-related shutdowns of 2020,” said Ralph Keeling, a geochemist who measures carbon pollution at Mauna Loa.

Would you be up for bigger cuts than what we saw during lockdown? That last a lot longer?

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage globally but starts to abate in the US, here are four ways to understand the new “normal” of the climate crisis.

1. Climate change is accelerating despite the pandemic

While emissions dropped last year, carbon and methane concentrations in the atmosphere just reached their highest-known level in millions of years. Think of it as filling a plugged bathtub with water: Even if you turn down the faucet for a little while, the water will keep rising.

So, despite there being a 6 percent reduction during a good portion of 2020, then why did CO2 and methane continue to rise? I’m sure climate cultists have Reasons, but, should there not have been a dip?

As usual, it is a very long Vox piece, blaming everything on Mankind, ending with

Most Americans don’t think there has to be a zero-sum trade-off between climate change and economic growth. The Biden administration has capitalized on that view, making the case for “building back better” and trying to boost the economy with a climate-focused infrastructure package. But this can’t happen without large-scale political action. The US may savor a returning sense of normalcy — but the whole world need to remember that normal was never good enough.

Yet, Warmists are specifically saying that “We ultimately need cuts that are much larger and sustained longer than the Covid-related shutdowns of 2020.” That sure doesn’t seem like a zero-sum trade-off to me. How about you?

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2 Responses to “Bummer: Back To Normal Post-COVID Leads To Climate Doom”

  1. Dana says:

    It’s hardly a surprise that the people who kept their jobs during the shutdowns don’t see anything wrong with them! Many of them got to work from home, meaning that they could enjoy not commuting, not worry about professional attire and even Jeffery Jeffrey Toobin during Zoom calls! What’s not to like?

    Like Three Dog Night, they’d throw away the cars and the bars and the war, forgetting that some people might needs their cars.

  2. alanstorm says:

    So, despite there being a 6 percent reduction during a good portion of 2020, then why did CO2 and methane continue to rise? I’m sure climate cultists have Reasons, but, should there not have been a dip?

    Why, yes, there should have been – but not in Climate Science!, which is more of a faith-based system.

    Sorry, cultists, but unless you comer out vocally for nuclear power, you are not serious.

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