I agree we canít stop it, but we need to do everything we can to reduce the impact. If we do nothing it will be worse. If we donít plan ahead for what weíre going to do, especially in the coastal areas, we will make the disaster much much worse. Weíve already waited way too long. There are way too many people in denial. I can see nothing will be done until itís far too late. I fear for my grandchildren and the future of our planet.
We'll adapt. I totally agree that we should be taking better care of this spacecraft we live on, global warming or not. It's the only home we have and we should not be taking it for granted.
My thing is that there is an entire industry centered on making obscene amounts of money off of fear mongering. Not to mention the emotional manipulation being done by those that seek power. Every old story written to warn us of dystopian futures is centered on some disaster that was taken advantage of to shift power to a very small group, while taking power away from the masses. Those "disasters" were mostly manufactured and propagated by the same small group seeking power, and maintaining power. Our young ones are no longer exposed to those stories, so they're not wary of the ploy. Ask most college or high school kids if they've ever read or seen the movies "Brave New World" ... "1984" ... "Fahrenheit 451" ... "Animal Farm" ... "Snowpiercer" ... "Chicken Little" ... or any of the other warning stories. Nope.
In the 1970s, there was the huge push for controlling (what was then called) "pollution". We were told that we were all going to be living underground to hide from it, and the human race would be reduced to barely a few million people by 1990. We adapted, and here we are.
The biggest problem with global warming issues is that no matter what the USA does, China and India are the world's worst producers of greenhouse gasses, as well as oceanic pollution .... by over 80%. This idea that the USA will lead the world to a better Earth is naive. China and India dump over 800 million tons of plastic crap into the Earth's oceans each year. Not to mention the amounts of CO2 that China, India, Canada, and other countries pump into the atmosphere each year ... unregulated, and unchecked. They're not going to change their behavior and willingness to grow their economies no matter how much money and political power is shifted here in the USA.
So this notion that the USA has to spend TRILLIONS "with a T" to "save the world" is nothing but a push to shift power and wealth from the people to a very small group. Should the USA make efforts to create cleaner power and produce less shit? Sure ... keeping your own house clean is a good idea. But this notion that "the end of the world will be here in twelve years if we don't shift power and wealth to the elite" is just yet another attempt to do just that ... shift power and wealth.
Rather than spending megaheaps of money to "prevent it" ... our efforts should be focused on preparing for it. Global Warming is like solar flares ... there isn't shit we can do to stop it (and there never was
... it's as natural as an ice age) ... but there are measures we can take to adapt to it as things begin to change. That is where our focus should be. The USA needs to rebuild it's infrastructure anyhow, we're long overdue for a "total rebuild" (like a worn out engine) .. we may as well focus those efforts on preparing for Earth's changing ... ever changing