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Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars

Previous generations didn't have smartphones and video games to take up their time. Unless you grew up in a city like New York, with good public transit, you needed a car to go places and do things.
 

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Previous generations didn't have smartphones and video games to take up their time. Unless you grew up in a city like New York, with good public transit, you needed a car to go places and do things.
But Clarkson and his target audience aren't interested in cars as practical means of getting around in order to do stuff.

Rather, Clarkson presents cars as fetish objects for the blokeish subculture from which his main audience is drawn.
 
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Countries are burning from Siberia to Australia: the age of fire is the bleakest warning yet | Julian Cribb

There are only three motives to so hazard civilization: greed, malice and ignorance. Either the returns are so great that fossil executives are willing to cook their own grandchildren, or they are blind to the risks. Since these are technical people, the latter does not ring true: oil majors like Shell and ExxonMobil have revealed in court they understood exactly what they were doing to the planet for nearly 50 years. Ignoring it, they then sought to deceive humanity while ramping up carbon output.
 

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I wonder if the fossil fuel executives are not both more pragmatic and more cynical than Julian Cribb suggests in the article to which Beebo refers.

That is, may they not reason that there is nothing that they can do as individuals to remedy the problem or avert the impending climate catastrophe - - resigning their jobs will achieve little, since their employers can easily replace them - - so the best way to protect their grandchildren's' interests is to amass sufficient financial and other resources (property in areas that are well protected from rising oceans, for example) to give their grandchildren a chance of surviving the impending disaster?

It may well be a vain hope based on illusions, but given the choice between doing, as you see it, all you can to help your grandchildren survive the climate crisis (even if they end up cursing your memory) and leaving them to - - I want to say sink or swim - - take their very slender chances with the rest of humanity, would it not be tempting to follow the first course of action, particularly since that's the one in your immediate financial and practical interests too?
 
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I wonder if the fossil fuel executives are not both more pragmatic and more cynical than Julian Cribb suggests in the article to which Beebo refers.
I'm sure -- if we could get them to confess their motivations -- that we would cover a wide range of human emotional failings, all of them somewhat more complex than the three motivations the OP outlines.

Outright sociopaths would probably fit the greed-at-any-costs model, but most non-sociopaths want to be the hero of their own lifestory, not the villain. So those people who acknowledge the facts will still find ways to justify or rationalize their complicity. And they've been aided in this self-deception by the original scientific projections that climate change would be slow, with many effects not felt for hundreds of years. By that time, surely, some kind of technological solution will render climate change a non-issue, it's someone else's problem and they'll solve it, human ingenuity will always prevail, etc. etc.

Unfortunately, the timeline for climate change has been shortening at dizzying speed. Climate scientists have been so conservative -- relative to emerging reality -- that the absurdist doomsayers of just a few decades ago have turned out to be entirely too optimistic. It's a monumental "ooops" that even though we've seen this coming, we've seen it indistinctly enough to still be caught unprepared.
 
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Finally - the mastermind behind the burning of the Amazonas rain forest has been found, and it is Leonardo DiCaprio! Who on earth would have thought that?

Jair Bolsonaro, president of Brazil, told the surprised people this: "This Leonardo DiCaprio’s a cool guy, isn’t he? Giving money for the Amazon to be torched. "

 
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Cheap batteries are necessary for widespread clean energy, and to make electric cars affordable. So the good news is they have been getting cheaper this decade, a lot cheaper. They are needed for clean energy because sources like wind and solar are variable. So you need a way to store it for times they are not producing.

 

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Greta Thunberg is a ruthless killer! That's what the motorshow host Jeremy Clarkson has to tell the world about it, he now hates Thunberg even more than cyclists because he thinks that she finally killed his show by making people suddenly care about the environment:

Everyone I know under 25 isn’t the slightest bit interested in cars — Greta Thunberg has killed the car show. They’re taught at school, before they say ‘Mummy and Daddy’, that cars are evil, and it’s in their heads. She’s an idiot. Going 'round saying we’re all going to die, that’s not going to solve anything, my dear.

And his sidekick has to add this: Young people don’t care about cars. How many kids now are growing up with posters of cars on their bedroom wall?

Oh. I thought him punching one of the show's producers in the face killed his show. But maybe it was a kid saying stuff 5 years later that killed it.
 

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I made the mistake of reading the Comments section of a newspaper article on a Michigan community's efforts to bolster their response to extreme climate. What a cluster fuck of competing perspectives. The deniers were in the majority, covering: get a grip, this is just natural variability and not out of the ordinary; scientist's are making this up as some great librul scheme to get grant money; last time scientists were warning about an Ice Age, and that didn't happen; random Biblical verses that apparently refute any cause for concern; and humans couldn't possibly affect the planet, it's just part of the larger cycles at work.

And honestly, if you don't spend your spare time sitting at a computer reading science articles for several hours every day, those other explanations can seem quite reasonble.
 
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The Arctic may have crossed key threshold, emitting billions of tons of carbon into the air, in a long-dreaded climate feedback

The Arctic is undergoing a profound, rapid and unmitigated shift into a new climate state, one that is greener, features far less ice and emits greenhouse gas emissions from melting permafrost, according to a major new federal assessment of the region released Tuesday.

The consequences of these climate shifts will be felt far outside the Arctic in the form of altered weather patterns, increased greenhouse gas emissions and rising sea levels from the melting Greenland ice sheet and mountain glaciers.

The findings are contained in the 2019 Arctic Report Card, a major federal assessment of climate change trends and impacts throughout the region. The study paints an ominous picture of a region lurching to an entirely new and unfamiliar environment.
 

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As ever, I'm a ray of sunshine.

U.N. climate talks end with hard feelings, few results and new doubts about global unity
MADRID — Global climate talks lurched to an end here Sunday with finger-pointing, accusations of failure and fresh doubts about the world's collective resolve to slow the warming of the planet — at a moment when scientists say time is running out for people to avert steadily worsening climate disasters.

At the close of this decade, global carbon dioxide emissions are now projected to hit 37 billion tons in 2019. That sets another record for a third consecutive year and veers countries further off course from combating global warming.

One piece of promising news is that the emissions growth rate this year is slower than the prior two years, due in part to a shift to solar and other forms of renewable energy as a cheaper alternative.

Despite that slower growth, natural gas use is surging across the world and fossil fuel emissions are still hitting records that are unsustainable for the planet.