Tuesday, September 08, 2015

Climate change optimism

Jonathan Chait in New York magazine claims there's reason for optimism on climate change (The sunniest climate-change story you've ever read):

Guess what everyone’s been missing in the middle of their keening for the dear, soon-to-be-departed Earth? There is good news. And not just incremental good news but transformational good news, developments that have the potential to mitigate the worst effects of climate change to a degree many had feared impossible. Those who have consigned the world to its doom should reconsider. The technological and political underpinnings are at last in place to actually consummate the first global pact to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. The world is suddenly responding to the climate emergency with — by the standards of its previous behavior — astonishing speed. The game is not over. And the good guys are starting to win.


At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see...electric cars are plugged into the grid. Where is the grid power coming from? Burning carbon based fuel? Hydro? Solar? "tanstaafl"

There is always a carbon based cost of "stuff". Some stuff is better than other stuff.

At 10:42 AM, Blogger Mark Kaepplein said...

Rob, has LA done an environmental impact study in their plan to create traffic gridlock? http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/08/us/a-los-angeles-plan-to-reshape-the-streetscape-sets-off-fears-of-gridlock.html

At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anti-car nuts ruin another once-thriving business district:


At 2:55 PM, Anonymous Vince said...

I wonder what the results would look like on this graph:


Or this one:



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