The world’s scientists keep telling us that in ten years things will be irreversible when it comes to fighting climate change. The problem is they’ve been telling us we had about ten years left for the last twenty and we’re still here.
Now, various Democrats are screaming that we have 12 years left or else.
The reality is that there is nothing we can do about other countries and our country has been doing pretty well reducing emissions. Companies like Apple are motivating themselves to get 100% renewable energy. The private sector is operating.
But the reality is if scientists are right, we are really past the point of making a major difference without profoundly altering our standard of living. And that, frankly, is not worth it. People are highly adaptable and we should adapt. If that means people in Florida want to go the way of the Dutch and work to keep sinking cities above sea level, let them build dykes. If it means people have to move inland to avoid coastal flooding or increase controlled burns to mitigate wildfires, okay. If that means people want to go off grid, okay.
I certainly think the states need to loosen regulations related to people installing solar panels, etc. But some of the proposals are nuts.
It would be far better to do nothing and adapt than wipe out our economy and reduce our standard of living to fight what is probably irreversible.
Many of those who would say otherwise are typically hostile to the free market and capitalism anyway. The loudest voices demanding change want and have always wanted a command-control economy. They scoff at Trump as tyrant and crave some level of Chinese style authoritarianism to force people to give up their standard of living.
We should reject that and embrace the status quo. Adapt.