Old timers like Jeremiah recall that winters used to be longer and colder. Old photos in ski lodges invariably show more snowpack and a bigger glacier. There can be little doubt about climate change. One can, however, doubt the policy response.
Do you agree with President Obama, that climate change is the greatest threat facing humanity? Jeremiah can find, without exerting himself, at least a billion people who feel more imminently threatened by hunger.
Among resource crises, the shortage of fresh water is easily more urgent. With oil at $40 a barrel, the world’s desalination plants should be running flat out. Alas, water is universally mispriced and so squandered.
A global outreach to discourage meat would go a long way. Raising animals for food is an egregious waste of resources, especially fresh water. Plus, livestock produce methane, a much worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
The root cause of our resource problems is overpopulation. So, why not a global program to promote birth control? Better yet, a global program (backed by sanctions and incentives) to mandate equal rights for women. You can’t go wrong emancipating half the world, plus – fertility drops off sharply once women stop being chattel.
“Population policy has been abandoned in recent decades. It is barely mentioned in discussions on sustainability or development” – Simon Ross
Why are the world’s policy makers focused on climate change, a distant and secondary effect, instead of root causes and immediate returns? There is no logic to it, unless we apply our imagination and think like a criminal.
State control over energy is the mother lode of political rent seeking. Politicians wielding this power can make or break any company they choose. Those who donate generously can be rewarded with “green energy” grants. Those who don’t can be sanctioned, without much evidence.
You can’t do that with birth control.