It is not surprising that we should be bombarded with messages that the climate crisis is bigger than the biggest thing ever and so simple to fix. It’s a matter of intersectionality; the intersection of a tendency to panic with an inclination to believe life is not about tradeoffs but about getting all good things simultaneously… or none. Hence a new video from Vox about how the US can waltz away from fossil fuels “in one chart” winds up with a classic line about “a huge undertaking“, a mobilization on the scale of World War II is needed and then whispers soothingly “We have the technology to do it. We have the resources. The only question is whether we want to do it.” Gosh. All you need is love.
Why then the thundering about huge undertakings? Easy (like everything else in their world): that way you get to be heroic without any blood, toil, tears or sweat. Though ironically it is very hard to have sensible discussions with people who don’t believe life is hard.
The Vox video thus makes it appear that alternative energy is working just fine. Although to be fair they do include nuclear in the mix. They make it seem as though remaking the grid would be a piece of cake. They… well, you can imagine. But here’s the problem.
If they win the debate, a lot of people are going to be very disappointed when their plans fall flat, at enormous expense not just in money but also in dependable energy. Oh wait. We already had it happen, in Ontario, in California, in Britain and in Germany. At least, so say those of us who, apparently, just don’t want the planet saved.