Isn't the most likely outcome of our war on climate change will be the economic collapse of the United States?
- EntropyLv 74 weeks ago
So, it depends. One of the problems right now is that you have the one party that believes in climate change is the party that historically is the most prone to unrealistic fantasy thinking when it comes to solutions. Just look at the Green New Deal. The other party, the one more inclined to look to markets for answers, which is where our more competent problem solvers are, that party doesn't believe climate change exists and is stuck in the denial phase, refusing to consider the evidence.
Realistic, and cost effective solutions to climate change do exist. But they require either
A: Republicans to stop cupping their hands over their ears like the Hear No Evil monkey
B: Democrats to stop pushing the most unrealistic solution set they can find - renewables and cap & trade.
Or better yet, both.
The right solution is to approach it in stages so as to spread out the cost over a long time.
1) Encourage Natural Gas. NG emits 30-50% less CO2 than other fossil fuels. It's cheap, it's ready now, and it can outcompete coal. It's not the perfect long term solution, but it's a massive reduction that can happen quite quickly.
2) Geoengineering. Bill Gates has a project he's been funding that can be ready in a few years notice, is based on proven technology, and can mitigate all of the heat-based climate change effects for a cost of around $2 billion/year. That's DIRT CHEAP and it's absolutely unconscionable that we're not doing it already. It's important because this lengthens the time horizon over which we can implement out more permanent solutions.
3) Nuclear Fission. D's hate it, but it's proven to be able to produce cost-competitive power RELIABLY (which renewables can't), and it's the safest power source we have as attested to by the World Health Organization. It's waste is compact and easy to deal with and 4th gen plant designs will make it even safer and the waste smaller and safer. But it's being strangled by NIMBY lawsuits and excessive regulation that require radiation levels so low that they're unrealistic. But it takes time to build fission plants. We need to start today.
4) Nuclear Fusion. Right now, this is a sci fi solution. But if you've been paying attention, you'll know we're actually making ALOT of progress on this. Fusion is the long term perfect solution. It's like Fission without the tradeoffs. The problem is that it's not currently commercially viable. It's gotten close enough that private investors are getting in the game, but we're talking at least decades, and likely a half century to a century before it's a major player. This is why buying time with 1 and 2 are important.
- Christian SinnerLv 74 weeks ago
If the Democrat got their way it could have been another straw on the camel's back, so to speak. Remember, Trump is changing the way the US does business with China, is getting rid of NAFTA, and TPP, and so many other things to where the US is more economically sustainable. One reason why the Democrats are so pissed off with Trump is that Trump got in the way of all that. The Paris Climate Accord (Climate Change treaty) was also going to raid the economy of the USA. Warren wants to return to sacking the US government with huge expenses on all sorts of weirdness.
Trump, with Mexico and Canada sign USMCASource(s): bisexual Christian
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
No, if we DON'T fight climate change, our economy (and that of the rest of the world) will collapse.
- Anonymous4 weeks ago
No, climate change itself will be. Famines will be nothing unusual in years to come.
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- 4 weeks ago
YES. If the insane and alarmist left has its way they will spend TRILLIONS on bankrupting the country
- 4 weeks ago
And with the "crisis" not being addressed by China or India or the private jet class on the Left, the war on American prosperity, otherwise known as climate change, will be futile.
- RoLv 74 weeks ago
The whole "Climate Hoax" is designed to collapse our economy by draining huge amounts of hard currency from circulation here and placing draconian restrictions on our use of fuels while NOT restricting the real polluters, China and India.
- yogicskierLv 74 weeks ago
Nope. The real cost will be ignoring it like a bunch of ostriches.
Climate change threatens a majority of mission-critical military bases, Pentagon report sayshttps://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2... Pentagon did not assess all of its hundreds of installations, instead it selected “79 mission assurance priority installations based on their operational role,” the Pentagon said in its report.In its assessment of those 79 installations, which included Army, Air Force and Navy installations — and notably no Marine Corps bases — the services reported that 53 of the 79 faced current threats from flooding; 43 of the 79 face current threats from drought and 36 of the 79 faced current threats from wildfires.
- 4 weeks ago
Sad...that's not okay.