Oh god. Is he really going to talk about this?
And yeah, I already know the comments on this article are going to be a shit show. I know. Believe me, I know.
Climate change is one of those topics where neither the left nor the right can think rationally and where both sides lose their minds. As always, I will examine this issue from the objective viewpoint of someone who is neither left nor right and uses objectivity and logic to form options rather than emotion or political bias.
Though opinions certainly vary, the general right-wing viewpoint is that climate change is total bullshit, socialist-leaning scientists are mostly making it up, and even if it is true, it’s mostly due to completely natural processes that have nothing to do with human activity, therefore we have largely nothing to worry about.
The general left-wing viewpoint on this is that climate change is a catastrophic and immediate problem and we are, quite literally, all going to die, and the only way to solve it is if the United States passes a few laws, which will fix everything.
Like I said, neither side is being rational here. As usual.
My opinion on climate change is not whether or not it’s real, but what can or can’t be done about it in the real world.
Let’s get this out of the way first. I am no expert, but based on all the research I’ve done on this, I believe that A) global climate change is real, and B) a decent percentage of it is caused by human activity.
I don’t know the exact percentage that is due to humans, and neither do you, even if you’re a scientist. I just think that a “decent” percentage is our fault and the exact percentage is a topic I have no interest in discussing.
On that, the left is correct and the right is wrong. Now let’s get where the left is completely insane.
Global climate change can’t be seriously curtailed by passing laws. It will either be solved by technology (which I think is reasonably likely to occur) or it won’t ever get solved and we really are going to have some big problems down the road. But it will never get solved by politicians passing laws. Never. I shall explain.
The largest percentage of climate change is caused by the combination of Russia, China, and India, not the United States. This means that even if the left-wing completely conquered the USA from a political standpoint (which, by the way, will occur at some point in the next decade or two, if not sooner), and the left passed literally every climate change regulation they possibly wanted, global climate change would continue, and all the horrible catastrophes the left fears would still be on the table.
You would need not only the USA to radically (and I mean radically) change all of their environmental laws, but you would also need Russia, China, and India to do so as well.
I’ve got news for you. Russia, China, and India aren’t going to radically change shit in this area.
Oh sure, they’ll continue to make tweaks here and there in order to look good to the international political class. But the radical change needed to arrest global climate change? Not going to happen. Fantasize all you want, left-wingers. Pass all the laws you want in the USA. These three countries are just going to give you the finger and keep right on growing industrially like we did during the 1920s.
So what, then, is the political answer? Seriously, what’s the answer?
If your answer is something like “the United Nations or NATO will handle it,” then you’re an idiot. NATO is slowly going away with the rest of the Western world, and the United Nations is one of the most corrupt and incompetent organizations on the planet. If you seriously think the United Nations is going to get Russia, China, and India to stop polluting, you’re either stupid, or quite ignorant as to the UN’s track record.
So now what’s your answer?
Are you going to go to war against these countries in order to save the planet? The USA going to war against the other three most powerful nations in the world? Are you seriously going to start World War Three over this climate change stuff?
Of course you’re not.
And that’s my point. There is no political solution to global climate change.
As I’ve said on this blog before, you can solve regional environmental problems, like how Los Angeles cleaned up its air and water, something I completely support on a local level. (As a minarchist libertarian, I support the concept of local government, just not big government.) But Los Angeles has no control on how much garbage India sends into the atmosphere and never will.
The answer to global climate change, if there is one, will be with technology. Again, as I’ve said before, I think the odds are good that someone at some point will invent something that will either solve climate change or slow it way down to the point where it’s not a big deal.
Humans have a strong track record of doing this. When the world was about to “go dark” because we were running out of whale oil in 1800s, tech invented use of crude oil. Later, when there was an oil shortage in the 1970s and everyone was freaking out, we invented various fuel injection systems, greatly increased fuel economy, and solved the problem again. Instead of living in a hellscape caused by Y2K, computer nerds all over the planet (myself included) worked very hard to avert disaster, and we did.
What if someone doesn’t ever invent something to solve this problem? Because that’s certainly possible. Well, then yeah, we may all have a very serious problem at some point in the future. But that doesn’t mean a political solution exists. It still doesn’t. So you right-wingers can keep denying anything is wrong and you left-wingers can keep thinking that voting for certain American politicians will fix the world (ha!).
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