Dealing with Climate Change Economic Impacts is a Generational Issue

An inconvenient fact in the climate change issue is that all the past cooling took place over long periods that covered generations.  High schools students graduating today have not seen any real warming for the past 17 years, yet their education was about the threat and consequences of global warming.  Most high school graduates believe in global warming and climate change even though there has not been any warming.

The natural warming took place during the previous 20 years from 1977 to 1997, when the PDO was in a warming cycle.   Rules, regulations and laws were put in place to stop this warming by the generation in power at the time.  We are now in the 20-30 cool PDO and a quiet sun, which historically has resulted in cooler temperature on the planet, and more violent storms.  Each succeeding generation is going to be born into a cooler world, for perhaps the next 3-5 generations.

This is slow process and it is going to take a long time for our political leaders and citizens to recognize the cooling problem, even thought the current polls show the general population does not consider climate change a major issue today, they put economic issues at the top of their concerns. 

An April Gallup Poll affirms previous findings: “…warming has generally ranked last among Americans’ environmental worries each time Gallup has measured them with this question over the years.”

Why?  Economics is now and Al Gore’s climate change threat is a generations away. Yet, the majority of voters do not seem to connect the dots that the climate change issue being promoted by Obama and the liberal scumbags in Sacramento is more about economics, liberal politics and crony capitalism than is it is about the science of climate change.  It is nearly impossible to get an atmospheric science grant, unless it is to prove human caused warming. 

The political scumbags in Sacramento and Washington know that scaring the poorly educated voters produces results. They are not going to let go of the global warming issue, as it produces results they need.  They also know that rapid cooling will not occur any time soon, so they have a window to exploit the stupid, the uninterested, and the science deficient population, and that exploitation will continue until the people revolt as the cost of living becomes unsustainable.  I am not sure when that will happen, but it is at least a generation away.  

While citizens scientist continue to find flaws in the AGW argument and uncover government incompetence and maybe duplicity in juggling the temperature records that policy maker use to justify carbon taxes, nothing will change. The dice have been cast and the public lost, we are going to suffer under AB-32 for years, driving up energy costs for the elites, middle class and the poor. Only the middle class, which is in decline, and the poor will suffer, but the poor more than anyone in California, which has the largest number of people on welfare than any other state.  AB-32 will continue to hollow out [become a shell with no core]  the middle class as more business leave the state to find lower cost energy sources. 

As I wrote about HERE, liberal democrats are beginning to see the unintended consequences of AB-32’s impact on the poor.  What will change? Nothing.  It will be several generations before we see the demise of AB-32. 

About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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2 Responses to Dealing with Climate Change Economic Impacts is a Generational Issue

  1. Sean says:

    I think you are a bit too pessimistic Russ. The Australians were generally supportive of the climate change narrative until the carbon tax raised the price of everything. As a result, the Australian Labor Party ended up with it’s worse showing in decades. AB32 was slow to take effect but it hits fuel prices next January and may add a dollar or more to the price of fuel within 6 years. When peoples pockets start getting picked, the science is no longer academic, it’s a real economic issue. Couple that with rising electricity prices, higher food prices and persistent high housing costs and it leads to a lot of resentment in people barely getting by economically. A large number of those people are Latino, they live in the Central and Imperial Valleys where unemployment in some areas is still double digit. Agricultural workers in these areas have also been hard hit by the complete cut off of water for irrigation. Considering the tensions already apparent between Asian and Latino immigrants,now throw in tensions between the coastal affluent and the land locked laborers and you have the the makings of a tremendous discontent between those who fund elections and those whose votes decide elections. All this will play out against the background of mother nature who refuses to abide by the consensus narrative. If the world doesn’t warm but California’s corrective actions start hitting the pocket books of the working class, you’ll start seeing dismemberment of AB32 begin by the end of the decade.


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