Greta urges climate action: "When your house is on fire you don’t wait another 10, 20 or 30 years before calling the fire department."
But Climate Skeptic Pierre Gosselin responds: "You certainly don't call the firemen when the room temperature rises from 14.5C to 15.5C and hysterically insist the house is on fire. If you did, they'd call the mental health authorities and have tou brought to a nuthouse!"
"Climate scientists predicted far more global warming than has occurred Since climate scientists’ predictions have proven greatly overstated compared with real-world, measured medium-term warming, the Argonauts decided to find out what climate scientists were getting wrong. In science, any theory – however beautiful or profitable – is false and must be amended or even replaced if real-world data contradict it. The large discrepancy between predicted and real-world warming in recent decades indeed showed there must be something very wrong with the official theory."
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon): "But we cannot wait. We need bold executive action that treats this crisis — quite literally — as the emergency it is. ...
I understand that many people may still feel trepidation about using these powers to address the climate crisis. However, we know that continuing on our current path will be catastrophic, and will hit working people the hardest. On the other hand, if we put in place the right policies, we can create millions of new jobs re-powering the country and cleaning our air. And let’s not forget that millions of Americans voted for Joe Biden because he promised climate action. Those voters will be demoralized and disillusioned in future elections if we sacrifice their health, livelihoods and futures to prop up fossil fuels. Substantively and politically, we cannot afford to be passive in the face of this crisis.
The climate crisis is one of the biggest emergencies that our country has ever faced, and our time is running out. Americans are counting on Biden to lead accordingly. Let’s act boldly, and treat this crisis like the emergency it is."
Cleantech venter capitalist Wal van Lierop in Fobes Mag: "We have discovered that worldwide lifestyle changes are possible and have a massive impact on emissions. ... If a deadly virus changed our lifestyle at Warp Speed, why can’t a deadly climate crisis do the same? ... Let’s lock those changes in to reduce commuter pollution. ... While we’re at it, let’s ensure that business travel never returns to its former excesses. Most of the time, there’s no reason to take one-day trips across the globe. Regular business meetings can be done more efficiently virtually, complemented by in-person contact only once in a while."
A ‘green’ Covid recovery will imperil developing countries
UN Cheif Gueterres insisted that, “the recovery from COVID-19 presents an opportunity to set our economies and societies on a green path in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
He is not alone in suggesting a marriage of COVID-19 recovery stimulus and green energy transition. The World Economic Forum’s Great Reset program suggests the same, with global leaders like Justin Trudeau already endorsing it.
(Reuters) - World leaders should declare states of “climate emergency” to spur faster cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday at a summit marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord. ... “Can anybody still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency?” Guterres said via video. “That is why today, I call on all leaders worldwide to declare a State of Climate Emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached.” ...
Guterres said economic recovery packages launched in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic should represent an opportunity to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future - but said this was not happening fast enough.
WaPo: "The Center for Biological Diversity sent the Biden transition team a report urging the president-elect to invoke the National Emergencies Act to address both the rise of global temperatures and the loss of species to extinction. Greenpeace, 350.org and Oil Change U.S. are among other left-leaning environmental groups that have endorsed the idea. During the campaign, Biden pointed to climate change as one of the biggest challenges facing the nation, alongside the coronavirus pandemic, economic recession and a reckoning over race."
Federal judges are "extraordinarily deferential” to presidents invoking emergency powers, Hartl with the Center for Biological Diversity argued.
WWF International: "Transformative change is urgently needed in our productive sectors, including our food systems, forestry, fisheries, infrastructure and extractives, and in the finance sector. These transformations need to happen fast if we are to limit risks of higher restoration costs and irreversible damage, including new pandemics and species extinction. We must transform our food systems so that enough healthy and nutritious food is produced for all, within planetary boundaries."