Ideally, we would know precisely how much damage each ton of greenhouse gas emissions does to the environment (we don’t). We would know how much each dollar of economic output contributes to emissions, now and in the future. We would know how quickly the population and the economy will grow, including how rich we’ll all be in the future. Does it make sense for us to deprive ourselves today in order to make the planet more habitable for our great-great-grandchildren? If you answer yes, how much should we tighten our belts — a little or a lot?
We shouldn’t tighten our belts at all. This is not the way forward and it will fail utterly. This is just blue state scoldy people neo-ascetic nonsense. For some reason, the libs just love listing all the things they are going to be forced to take away from everyone. They really fucking love it to a disturbing level. But that is not going to work, and it won’t save the world. It won’t even help. They want to take away air travel, air conditioning, ease of traveling anywhere, vacations, decent food, plastic, cars, and the ability to see your friends. And they think that should be appealing to people. They think permanent lockdown should get people excited, but mainly it just makes most people want to destroy them utterly — as it should.
Instead, we must imagine a better world — one of easy travel due to great trains, abundant energy, food grown year-round nearly anywhere due to said abundant energy, flights available when needed but much less common due to those trains, more time spent with friends, more ability to work less and do more fun things like make art and have sex.
But no. All the fucking libs can imagine, all that really turns them on, is fantasizing about how much they will be forced by circumstances to deprive you of while they still have you working 60 hours a week at an even worse job than you have now. We need to break this tendency, and hard, before it kills billions and worsens the lives of billions more. The time is now.