The climate debate

There is no doubt that it is getting warmer and warmer. People are worried about climate change, seeing every summer storm or winter blizzard as proof that something is wrong, and something must be done sooner rather than later.

People are more than willing to sacrifice their freedom in exchange for promises that the government will protect them from dangers related to climate change. Many have worked themselves up into such as state of fear over the suggested rise of a couple of degrees in the earth’s temperature over the next century that they are willing to do without air conditioning, air travel, gas cars and much else today.

Not only that, but they are determined to make everyone do without these modern conveniences as well. Some 72% or younger voters a would ban using gas-powered vehicles and many mean that flying should be limited. A majority would also like to see rationing gas, energy and even meat.

The younger generation is clearly worried, but few are listening to them and their belief that the government can change the current climate change situation. Do they have too much faith in the seemingly dysfunctional government? The government might try, but the efforts are limited and slow and cannot be the ultimate solution.

Going into the fourth year of the Biden administration, only a third of all Americans remain that trusting in the ability of the government. Maybe younger people are too trusting in the government as change is moving remarkably slowly. Or they are hopeful. They also seem to extend their trust to schools as well. They believe by a margin of two to one that school administrators and teachers, not parents, should decide what children are taught. Some Americans are worried that woke indoctrination is replacing the core values of the education and are concerned about the future.

To the question if the U.S. provide too much individual, too much government control or is the balance about right, younger people seem to think that Americans enjoy too much individual freedom. Maybe there are more on the planned economy side with a wishful thinking based on socialism and a bigger role for the government.

In reality, to try to resolve the climate change situation, the solution is likely a combination of government programs, individual responsibilities and working with countries and international organizations globally. After all, climate change is a global threat and not only democratic countries can resolve this dilemma.

It will require a global framework and cooperation, but it will be challenging to get everyone to agree on a feasible agenda and to monitor actions. There is no global police force that can enforce the rules. Actions are also costly, and many countries put their funds towards military or industrial needs, rather than financing climate related changes.

At this point, there are no global rules in place, but largely vague attempts to battle the changes in the environment. This might be disheartening for many and especially for the younger generation. This could explain their belief, or wishful thinking, that the government can resolve the problem. This is likely not realistic, and it will require more willingness to find global solution and to a willingness to put many more resources in play. At this point, too little is being done and there is no global leadership to tackle the growing concerns related to climate change.

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