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[This image is a tweet and response. First tweet from Jamie Margolin reads: What will it look like when the world actually decides to solve the #climatecrisis? It will look like the world is now addressing #COVID19. The media covering the issue 24/7. Everyone stopping everything and putting the world on pause to deal with the immediate crisis at hand. Response from Rebecca Auerbach reads: This is your free trial apocalypse. If you do not wish to renew your subscription at the end of the trial period, you must cancel your carbon emissions by 2030. Otherwise your apocalypse will automatically renew for the next million years.]

“This is your free trial apocalypse. If you do not wish to renew your subscription at the end of the trial period, you must cancel your carbon emissions by 2030. Otherwise your apocalypse will automatically renew for the next million years.

I don’t entirely agree with this, just because it implies there is a point at which it’s “too late” to do anything about climate change. That is not the case, and it never has been. There are many “points of no return”, beyond which we can’t stop certain changes, but all that really means is that our efforts to survive and to build a better world have to take new levels and kinds of volatility into account. As long as humanity exists, it’s never “too late” to work towards a better world, and a better version of humanity. Simply giving up, as many would have us do, doesn’t mean “game over”, it means the game continues on under the rule of, and for the benefit of those who made everything so terrible in the first place.


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Comments

  1. StevoR says

    Yes, it sure is an interesting contrast between the urgent,drastic and immediate action we’vetaken on COVID 19 versus the pathetic failure to act and denial of reality we’ve had from a number of govts – notably Australia’s and America’s when itcomes to Global Overheating.

  2. GerrardOfTitanServer says

    So, when are we going to take the “drastic” action of removing the political shackles around the only technology, nuclear, that is historically proven to make gigantic contributions to solving the human greenhouse gas emissions mess, as proven by France and Sweden?

  3. says

    If it happens, it’ll be some time after people accept that drastic action is necessary in general. That’s the point where people will start having serious conversations about resource balancing, power rationing, and exploring options that have generally been considered “off the table”. It’s also the point where people will not be caring so quite much about the price tag, and be more willing to consider things like power plants NOT operated for profit, and therefor not operated with massive incentives to cut corners on safety.

    The real trick is going to be pushing that action in a constructive direction, rather than an eco-fascist one.

  4. GerrardOfTitanServer says

    That’s just it. If we just got the Greens out of the way, nuclear could and probably would be cheaper than coal. People would just use it, whether they cared about the environment or not. It’s a great fluke of reality that the cheapest (ignoring super-cheap natural gas) electricity source, nuclear, also happens to be basically the safest source and cleanest for the environment.

    We don’t have to convince Republicans and climate change deniers that climate change is real – it would be nice if we could to accelerate the process, but there are many reasons to go nuclear other than the climate. We have simple price tag. We have energy independence and national security. It would contribute to global peace and less colonial exploitation because rich countries would have less need to go to war for oil. There’s also the simple fact that we could greatly reduce airborne particulate pollution, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, responsible for about 1 out of every 8 deaths worldwide. We could save those people. All of this is true regardless of the impact of CO2 and other greenhouse gases on global temperatures (and regardless of CO2 making the oceans more acidic).

    The irony here is that the people who profess to claim most about climate change are also the ones who are primarily responsible obstructing the solution. Again, one anecdote. California circa 1960 had enough nuclear power being planned and built that if it went through, California would have basically zero CO2 emissions from electricity production today. The utilities were planning to do that for reasons other than climate change. It was going to happen too, until Jerry Brown (D) teamed with the budding Green anti-nuclear environmental movement to kill most of those nuclear power plant plans, so that California would build coal, because he and his family had strong financial interests in fossil fuels.

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