From the New Yorker.
All-out war on climate change made sense only as long as it was winnable. Once you accept that we’ve lost it, other kinds of action take on greater meaning. Preparing for fires and floods and refugees is a directly pertinent example. But the impending catastrophe heightens the urgency of almost any world-improving action. In times of increasing chaos, people seek protection in tribalism and armed force, rather than in the rule of law, and our best defense against this kind of dystopia is to maintain functioning democracies, functioning legal systems, functioning communities. In this respect, any movement toward a more just and civil society can now be considered a meaningful climate action. Securing fair elections is a climate action. Combatting extreme wealth inequality is a climate action. Shutting down the hate machines on social media is a climate action. Instituting humane immigration policy, advocating for racial and gender equality, promoting respect for laws and their enforcement, supporting a free and independent press, ridding the country of assault weapons—these are all meaningful climate actions. To survive rising temperatures, every system, whether of the natural world or of the human world, will need to be as strong and healthy as we can make it.
And eat “long pig” as the islanders used to say!
Climate scientists hit back at Dilbert!
John Cleese on political correctness (only two minutes).
Global Warming Policy Forum report.
German car industry in crisis, Renewables Threaten German Economy & Energy Supply,BBC Exposes Britain’s Solar Panel Con, James Cook University Ordered To Pay Peter Ridd $1.2m For Unlawful Dismissal, Trump’s Science Advisor Says Climate Scientists Must Improve Climate Models, Democrats Beware: Americans Won’t Pay Your Carbon Taxes, and Finally: Ship With Climate Change Warriors Caught In Arctic Ice, Warriors Evacuated.
The German Green energy transition. Can it get worse??
For three days in June 2019, the electricity grid came close to black-outs. “Only short-term imports from neighboring countries were able to stabilize the grid,” the consultancy notes.
“It can be assumed that security of supply will continue to worsen in the future,” says McKinsey.
Renewables are causing similarly high price shocks in other parts of the world including Texas, Australia, and California.
Britain facing the possibility of the coldest winter for three decades. Dang global warming!