“This car promises to be an environmental disaster of substantial proportions,” Daniel Esty, an environmental expert at Yale, told Newsweek. Other environmentalists aren’t ready for the change. “In none of our reports did we assume there’d be a car like this,” Judy Greenwald, the director of innovative solutions at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, told the magazine. “This is a new category. It will affect everybody’s projections.” Well, heaven forfend we have to “change” our projections so people can enjoy a better life.
Lately the Democratic candidates have been sparring over race. Something about the differences between MLK and LBJ. But isn’t the ultimate example of racism the very idea that millions of people in India and Africa (because they happened to be born in the “wrong” place) must remain poor so we in the West can congratulate ourselves on our struggle against climate change?
Yes, millions of new cars will mean more pollution, and the world will have to deal with that. We’ve done so in the past, and will again in the future, by developing new technologies. As Indians become wealthier, they’ll demand a cleaner environment (as people in, say, Cleveland did decades ago). Humans will develop new ways to clean the air, and we’ll eventually develop new modes of transportation that don’t require fossil fuels.
Meanwhile, if there’s one constant about the environment, it’s that it changes. More than 100 million years ago, India broke off from Africa and drifted away. When it smashed into Asia, it started forming the Himalayas. Mt. Everest is still rising, so it’s higher today than when Sir Edmund Hillary climbed it in 1953.
Over the millennia there have been many such events, and they’ve obviously “changed” the climate of the planet. There wasn’t a thing humans could do about any of them. In much the same way, it’s safe to assume the climate will change over the next 100, 1,000 and 100,000 years. Trying to end “climate change” is a pointless waste of time.
The liberal presidential candidates want to prevent any changes to the things they have no control over. In the end, life is getting better for most people on the planet, and that’s a trend that’s likely to continue. There’s no reason we should want it to change.