Subtitle: Do climate scientists dream of electric grids?
“A trillion-dollar climate rescue package,” postulates Joseph “Exonomies of Scale” Romm, “would put us on the path to…”
No, this is what I really call a medium.
- Avert catastrophic outcomes
- Jumpstart the transition to a clean energy economy, while largely paying for itself in energy savings
- It would also sharply reduce the $10 to $20 trillion transfer of wealth to the oil exporters that we can expect over the next quarter century alone.
- Air pollution would drop sharply and millions of jobs would be created.
“What catastrophic outcomes,” rhetorically asks this particular, incestuous little internet bubble blogging about climate change?
“What happens if we fail to act in time to avert the climate catastrophe?”
- We cross carbon-cycle tipping points, such as the loss of the tundra, beyond which there is “no redemption.”
- We head toward CO2 concentrations this century that are triple or quadruple preindustrial levels.
- We should expect 0.8 to 2.0 meters of sea level rise this century, inundating the homes of 100 million people.
- We face desertification of one third the planet and loss of the glaciers that provide water to a billion people.
- We face loss of more than two thirds of the species on the planet, and a hot, acidic, and largely lifeless ocean
- We face humanity’s self-destruction — 6°C total planetary warming.
“You meant Economies, did’t you?”