"Of late, I’ve been obsessing over a single question: What if political
systems, in the United States and internationally, fail to curb climate change?
It can seem an impolite question, even as it’s the path we’re on. President
Biden’s climate agenda is both ambitious and, on its own, insufficient. Its
political prospects are mixed at best. The international picture is little
better. Only a few countries are on track to meet the goals laid out in the
Paris agreement, and none of the major emitters are among them.
That is not to say there is no reason for optimism or hope. Clean-energy and
battery technologies are outpacing even the brightest projections from a few
years ago. Activist movements worldwide are gathering strength and flexing
newly won power. A rising generation understands the urgency of the moment,
even if their elders do not. The trends are, broadly, going in the right
direction. But they need to move faster.
And so we convened this panel of climate experts with different backgrounds —
technological, literary, political, academic — to try to reconcile the reality
of our political progress with the scale of the emergency. -- Ezra Klein"
Via Robert Sanscartier.
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