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F’d? Or “stupendously exciting”? Our choice.

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Author: Charley on the MTA

Here is a searing assessment of the emotional effects of studying climate change for a living. I could (and should) write an entire essay about this myself, just speaking as one whose newsfeeds with the growing evidence of calamity. It’s goddamned depressing. And most people, even die-hard liberals, don’t want to stare into the abyss of the most likely outcome, which is catastrophe.

The things that give me solace are the facts that a. Many of the greatest minds of our generation are hard at work on the problem, in technology, business, policy, and even religion, and b. We have each other. That’s really it.

We need politics and public policy: Systemic solutions designed for the public’s protection, just like water treatment, police departments, and driving on the right side of the road. Examples like RGGI show us that we can change. We can make better policy to lower emissions and even thrive while doing it.That means electoral politics. That means showing up to vote, and getting others to do so as well. That means you, dear reader.

Aaron Huertas at The Union of Concerned Scientists makes it plain that what we do here and now does matter.

The bright spots are incredibly bright: look at what’s been happening in California, on its own one of the world’s largest economies, as the state adopted a comprehensive climate plan:

Believe it or not, this is a stupendously exciting graph. Economic growth with reduced emissions is having our cake and eating it, too. Source: California Air Resources Board

A stupendously exciting graph from the Golden State. Economic growth with reduced emissions is having our cake and eating it, too. Source: California Air Resources Board

This a great story. And stories like it are being repeated all over the world, from growing demand for solar energy, falling prices for wind, and people in developing countries leapfrogging baseload fossil fuel energy to take advantage of emissions-free renewables.

We need California-style leadership from this administration. Get it done, Governor — lean forward on this. You’re smart enough.

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