If only the Warmists would practice what they preach, it wouldn’t be an issue
(Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) It is five minutes to midnight. Two years ago, it appeared that world leaders might address the truly global threats that we face. In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed. For that reason, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is moving the clock hand one minute closer to midnight, back to its time in 2007.
And what are those global threats? Surprisingly, Progressivism/fascism is not mentioned. Instead, we have Nuclear disarmament, Nuclear energy (outdated power plants can be a danger), and….Climate change!
In fact, the global community may be near a point of no return in efforts to prevent catastrophe from changes in Earth’s atmosphere. The International Energy Agency projects that, unless societies begin building alternatives to carbon-emitting energy technologies over the next five years, the world is doomed to a warmer climate, harsher weather, droughts, famine, water scarcity, rising sea levels, loss of island nations, and increasing ocean acidification. Since fossil-fuel burning power plants and infrastructure built in 2012-2020 will produce energy — and emissions — for 40 to 50 years, the actions taken in the next few years will set us on a path that will be impossible to redirect. Even if policy leaders decide in the future to reduce reliance on carbon-emitting technologies, it will be too late.
They forgot to mention that unicorns may become extinct.
The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected. In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges. The political processes in place seem wholly inadequate to meet the challenges to human existence that we confront.
Inadequate, eh? Obviously, the Atomic Scientists will recommend that every believer live the carbon neutral life, and they themselves will abide by that lifestyle..so, they recommend
- Adopting and fulfilling climate change agreements to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through tax incentives, harmonized domestic regulation and practice;
- Vastly increasing public and private investments in alternatives to carbon emitting energy sources, such as solar and wind, and in technologies for energy storage, and sharing the results worldwide.
Well, damn, I thought they might recommend that every Warmist stop driving in fossil fueled vehicles, give up charging their iPhones, and disconnect their homes from the power grid in order to save Gaia from becoming a quarter as warm as the Earth has been for the entire time life has been present on the Earth. So, I blame the Atomic Scientists for the ticking of the Clock.