In a conversation ijn Detroit many years ago a UAW leader said to me , “Policy is where the rubber meets the air.” Intellectuals and academics tend to think that if they get the policy right the problem is solved. With climate change we are stuck between policy proposals for cutting CO2 and the reality that there are no first steps – actions – to be taken to actually cut fossil fuel use on the scale needed. Understandable, but dangerous.
If we cut fossil fuel use fast enough to make a needed difference it will mean lost jobs, breaks in supply chains, unheated and uncooled residences. So what do we do? I think we need people with real power to shift not gears but cultures. From what’s good for me to what would be helpful to society and all humans.