We have plenty of diagnoses of what is wrong with the economy and politics. We even have a fair number of “should” or ought” statements. But none hardly on how to do it, Statements like “Congress should..” are totally empty of plausible actions.
Optimism comes either from weak thinking, …..or from a serious understanding of the difficulties to be overcome.
The critical issue for acceptance of strong anti-global warming strategies and rethinking energy is people. Their fear is of losing income. Any plan which does not provide a believable and actionable plan for how people survive the transition – food, water, provide for family,- shelter – will not move the needle.
This will require rethinking asset valuations and ownership. A tremendous task, certainly equivalent to the shift from hunter gathers to agriculture, or agriculture to industrialization. The plus side is we are all more or less aware of the news. The down side is, we are very crowded.