Economic Strain for Nothing
OK. Let’s pretend that we believe the prognostications of a handful of people who claim that their findings ought to incite transfers of billions of dollars in wealth and change the political and economic structure of the planet. Even with that suspension of disbelief:
Goals on reducing greenhouse gases announced by major industrialized nations are a step forward but not enough to forestall the disastrous effects of climate change by midcentury, U.N. officials said Monday.
Janos Pasztor, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s top climate adviser, said the goals, submitted to the U.N. as part of a voluntary plan to roll back emissions, make it highly unlikely the world can prevent temperatures from rising above the target set at the Copenhagen climate conference in December. …
“It is likely, according to a number of analysts, that if we add up all those figures that were being discussed around Copenhagen, if they’re all implemented, it will still be quite difficult to reach the two degrees,” Pasztor told the Associated Press.
Clearly we’re doomed. Why not just let the people of the world waft along in the blissful ignorance of economic stability for the few decades that we have remaining?