Tragedy in the making

Tragedy in the making

A recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article said that 88% of millennials believe climate change is happening, while 69% say it will impact them in their lifetimes.

Of course, this result is entirely dependent on how the survey was conducted and doesn’t say anything about the cause of climate change.

The inference, however, was that climate change is bad, is caused by CO2 emissions and will have catastrophic effects on the planet.

The WSJ article reported that millennial’s aren’t saving for their retirement because they fear climate change will have a catastrophic effect on their future, rendering savings useless. 

The article went on to say, “Millennials are also said to suffer from eco-anxiety, according to a 2018 report from the American Psychological Association, with 72% saying their emotional well-being is affected  by the inevitability of climate change.”

This is a tragedy in the making with two-thirds of millennials not having anything saved toward their retirement according to the National Institute on Retirement Security. 

It is an unnecessary tragedy caused by the groups promoting climate fear. Groups such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Sierra Club, The Rocky Mountain Institute, and politicians, such as those in California and the proponents of the Green New Deal.

The millennial cohort reaching retirement age will face a desperate future and no one can predict how they will react or who they will blame.

It bodes ill for our country.

Millennials are defined by the Pew Research Center as the generation born between 1981 and 1996.

What would be a healthy response to their fear of climate change?

These steps would seem appropriate:

  1. Study all sides of the scientific question, with a thorough examination of the sciences involved.
  2. Determine whether it’s possible to eliminate CO2 emissions, and whether it’s even desirable to do so.
  3. Once it’s recognized that it’s impossible to eliminate CO2 emissions and that it’s not desirable to do so, explore how to adapt to the effects of climate change.

But where do we stand with respect to these three logical steps?

  • The proponents of CO2 caused climate change are against undertaking a balanced, thorough examination of the science of climate change. The proponents of climate change want “climate” as a political issue and have no desire to find scientific answers. 

(With hundreds, if not thousands, of scientists objecting to the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and with the publications of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPPC), it’s clear the science isn’t settled.)

  • Its already been demonstrated that it’s impossible to eliminate CO2 emissions, so the second step would merely be an affirmation of that conclusion.
  • The third step could proceed without the hysteria that currently prevails when examining threats from climate change.

Following these three steps could avert the tragedy now confronting the millennials and our nation.

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