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There have been recent articles about women who will not date anyone who does not share their views on climate. At a deeply pathetic extreme, some folks are in a state of “climate grief” in anticipation of the planetary catastrophe due any day now. If Climate Change is the core of your life, what happens when it’s over?
What would happen if the climate issue goes away as it must someday? Maybe better science comes to understand the complex causes and rhythms of natural variability and finds that human contribution is not as great as we thought. Or that that additional CO2 is actually staving off an incipient ice age. Or that small-form nuclear reactors and new battery technology help stabilize fossil fuel use globally as everybody everywhere just adapts to a slightly, slowly warming world?
When a war ends, soldiers expect to go back to normal social and family life. But if the cause, the war is the basis of your social life, what happens when it’s over? No dramatic end, no gallows for oil company CEOs, no parades just steady scientific, technological and economic adaptation and a growing quiet global consensus that the “climate catastrophe” was overwrought, even silly.
Earlier this year, while enjoying a sandwich in James Monroe Park, I observed a demonstration/march by young people (presumably George Washington University students) energetically demanding an end to fossil fuels. If some genie suddenly granted their wish and the dorms had no heat or light, there were no jets to take them home on holiday breaks, and delivery of all routine goods became iffy… is that what they really want? Or are they just enjoying membership and identity in a group opposing a fearful thing?
Atomized unmarried young women in particular seem more vulnerable to “mass formation” and whatever other ideological monstrosities prey on fractured societies. And they seem to be among the least capable of distinguishing real from fake science, an incapacity worsened rather than cured by higher “education” in politicized, uncritical indoctrination studies. They may not respond to facts and arguments from Bjorn Lomborg, Richard Lindzen, Michael Shellenberger, Judith Curry, etc. but maybe they might pause and reflect a bit after the question: “If the Climate Change issue were resolved by law, politics, and/or technology tomorrow, who are you?” If The Issues are your life, you are doing something really wrong.Published in