The worst part of this is how populism keeps us from actually solving this - no politician wants to take the reigns and actually try to end it, because voters are too used to being told what they want to hear. It would be political suicide to actually take action.
Take this to the climate debate and everything still applies:
It’s here! After three years of hard labour, the new Six Degrees is finally launched. Thanks to HarperCollins for publishing on both sides of the Atlantic! For those asking – […]
Basically the book ends by suggesting if we want to keep under 2 degrees we need to start cancelling coal/gas plant contracts, shuttering the same, stopping all new fossil fuel exploration, getting internal combustion engines off the road and stopping the use of generators/mini versions of power plants on major buildings that use fossil fuels.
That isn't politically manageable - probably in any context - but especially so in our current context.
We're in for a wild ride this century and not just from communicable disease. So much of our covid response failure feels rooted in the same dynamics affecting our climate response. Leigh Phillips charts a way out with central planning and technology in his work but we could never embark on that without cries of "tyranny" and "socialism!"