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Bill McKibben wrote the first book for a general audience on global warming in 1989. A scholar in residence at Middlebury College, he has written a dozen more books, and leads the organization of global climate change protests. ALL POSTS

Let's be serious

Q: Some of the most dire impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, are several decades away, and even the loss of summer sea ice in the Arctic is years away. How should we factor these threats into our decision making today? Should we be seriously worried about them, or not?

Why on earth would we want to worry about the future? That's for our kids to deal with. I mean, let's be serious adults here.

By Bill McKibben  |  January 5, 2010; 8:32 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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How many older adults return their Social Security payments. The actuarial predictions for that system are quite dire and more sure than that of anthropogenic climate change.

We have run government deficits pretty close to continuously since the 40's, which clearly is not sustainable, but I don't see any serious electoral push to change things. We are already eating our young and the new health care legislation will just speed things up.

Who thinks, in the face of all the evidence, that the electorate is willing to undergo serious sacrifice for this nebulous catastrophe in the future?

Posted by: edbyronadams | January 10, 2010 5:12 PM
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In the future, today's Global Warming deniers will be looked upon much as we today look upon Holocaust deniers. Well, Holocaust denier with a bit of flat Earther mixed in.

Posted by: rcupps | January 10, 2010 3:36 PM
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This little piece could be arranged into a haiku. I'll try:

We have no future.
That's for our kids to deal with.
Let adults splurge now.

Posted by: pjs1965 | January 9, 2010 1:58 PM
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What kids? I haven't had any, because they'd only grow up to die horribly (or kill horribly in order to not die horribly) due to the utter collapse of civilization inevitably resulting from the sort of Climate Change we are only now beginning to see.

Something could have been done about this back in the 1980s when the world's population was half of what it is today.

Posted by: thardman | January 6, 2010 12:38 PM
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All the people who are against dealing with climate change are against it because they think the whole idea is a political conspiracy. About half the people who are for dealing with are doing it as a political conspiracy.

Since the juveniles are the ones voting for the government, nothing is going to be done.

So screw it, who cares? The people alive today who "could" do something about it, if indeed something can be done, are not going to be alive when the consequences must be faced directly.

So really, screw it.

Posted by: khote14 | January 6, 2010 10:49 AM
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You put as much thought into your response as you usually do about the hoax of man-made climate change.

Posted by: vanhook99 | January 6, 2010 3:47 AM
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