We Need an All-Powerful Global Government to Tackle Climate Change
Since we’ll never get one, the Biden Administration’s global minimum corporate tax rate may be the next best thing.
Climate Change, nee Global Warming, is a multifaceted, complex problem even environmental scientists don’t fully understand. Exactly what is happening, and why it is happening, what is going to happen in the future, and how soon; who is responsible for it, how to fix it; all difficult questions.
The “Science is settled!” folks don’t like these questions. Allowing that science doesn’t have all the answers, they argue, will undermine the science and give people an excuse to do nothing in response to environmental devastation about to cause a global collapse.
First of all, people don’t need an excuse to do nothing in response to Climate Change, acid rain, nuclear weapon proliferation, the hole in the ozone layer or anything else that routinely threatens life on this planet.
Even card-carrying liberal progressives are still eating meat, using petroleum, and buying single-use plastics every single day- even as they rail against the companies who make these products.
Advocates of personal responsibility dismiss corporate responsibility; advocates of corporate responsibility dismiss personal responsibility. And nobody has to do anything.
Secondly, all the science around Climate Change isn’t settled; few things in science ever are. Computerized climate models are highly unreliable, for instance. The efficacy of carbon-offset credits- something that will allow those who can afford it to continue to pollute at will while the proles eschew air travel and bike to work- has hardly been proven.
There is also plenty of disagreement about what laws and regulations might help stem the tide of Climate Change.
Regulations and regulatory bodies can certainly be an excellent tool when it comes to cleaning up our act on a society-level scale.
In the post-industrial, pre-regulatory United States, major waterways flowed with filth unimaginable. Without laws to prevent them, companies poured, dumped, pumped and ditched all manner of trash, leavings, offal, and industrial waste wherever and whenever they pleased. Farmland…