Libertarians will save us

Grim news on the climate change front:

A landmark report from the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change paints a far more dire picture of the immediate consequences of climate change than previously thought and says that avoiding the damage requires transforming the world economy at a speed and scale that has “no documented historic precedent.”

The report, issued on Monday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group of scientists convened by the United Nations to guide world leaders, describes a world of worsening food shortages and wildfires, and a mass die-off of coral reefs as soon as 2040 — a period well within the lifetime of much of the global population.

I think the imminent mass die-off of coral reefs was already widely reported – I know I’ve seen at least two nature or science documentaries that said it’s happening now and it’s unstoppable and it will be a disaster.

The authors found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the atmosphere will warm up by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) above preindustrial levels by 2040, inundating coastlines and intensifying droughts and poverty.

And it won’t be: things will be ok until 2040 when bam they’ll fall off a cliff. No, it will be things are already bad and will get steadily worse. They already are, and we’re seeing it, and they’re not going to turn around.

Avoiding the most serious damage requires transforming the world economy within just a few years, said the authors, who estimate that the damage would come at a cost of $54 trillion. But while they conclude that it is technically possible to achieve the rapid changes required to avoid 2.7 degrees of warming, they concede that it may be politically unlikely.

Ya think? Right now it’s not politically unlikely, it’s politically out of the question.

For instance, the report says that heavy taxes or prices on carbon dioxide emissions — perhaps as high as $27,000 per ton by 2100 — would be required. But such a move would be almost politically impossible in the United States, the world’s largest economy and second-largest greenhouse gas emitter behind China.

We don’t do science here. We do deals and casinos and reality tv.

President Trump, who has mocked the science of human-caused climate change, has vowed to increase the burning of coal and said he intends to withdraw from the Paris agreement. And on Sunday in Brazil, the world’s seventh-largest emitter of greenhouse gas, voters appeared on track to elect a new president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has said he also plans to withdraw from the accord.

Yeah; fuck the climate, right? Who needs it? So it’s a little too warm now and then – just turn up the AC in the Mercedes SUV.

To prevent 2.7 degrees of warming, the report said, greenhouse pollution must be reduced by 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. It also found that, by 2050, use of coal as an electricity source would have to drop from nearly 40 percent today to between 1 and 7 percent. Renewable energy such as wind and solar, which make up about 20 percent of the electricity mix today, would have to increase to as much as 67 percent.

“This report makes it clear: There is no way to mitigate climate change without getting rid of coal,” said Drew Shindell, a climate scientist at Duke University and an author of the report.

Sorry; no can do; we’ve got Beautiful Clean Coal Donald Trump breaking everything and we can’t get rid of him.

The World Coal Association disputed the conclusion that stopping global warming calls for an end of coal use.

People who sell coal tell lies about coal and climate change; tell us something we don’t know.

Americans for Prosperity, the political advocacy group funded by the libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch, has made a point of campaigning against politicians who support a carbon tax.

Yeah, let’s Liberty the climate until nothing but tube worms can survive.

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