How to Save the World Without Really Doing Anything At All
(Tor declined this Earth Day piece because it didn’t suit the mood they were aiming for)
Climate change! Most folks would prefer not to suffer through freaky weather, crop-collapse-driven famine, and the inexorable loss of coastal cities to sea level rise. On the other hand, reducing the amount of greenhouse gases humans release (by shifting to proven low-CO2 emission energy sources) might involve transient inconvenience and could well cost some very wealthy people trifling sums they will never miss. Surely there are ways to tackle the issue that don’t require doing anything right now?
Long-time readers of these essays should know that I will not ask leading questions without providing answers.