Provocation # 174.
So far as I am aware, there is no plan proposed by anybody that deals with the social disruption of climate breakdown and the social disruption of trying to prevent that disruption in anything like implementable detail. If you know of any please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org’
The Green New Deal proposed by Cortez and supported by Naomi Kline still suggests that we can get sufficiently more green while growing the economy into fuller employment with increased equity and avert the collapse. But there are few details.
At best, if we are to attempt to mitigate global heating, many jobs will have to cease because they use so much fossil fuel. Is anyone planning for such a transition with its disruptions?
Serious mitigation probably means stopping lots of economic activity. Even if new economic activity arises at the same time, it will not be in the same space, which means millions moving. The disruption would be intense and the time lags devastating. We have no serious analysis of what jobs must continue or we get catastrophes, such as maintaining nuclear reactors. Left alone they will explode.
Not discussing these and making plans means that we support muddling through the next few years. But at some point, public reaction to our being stupid about the inevitable will stir up serious anger.
The new factor might be a youth movement, already developing, demanding radical changes. But there is no plan for what those radical changes would have to be (not just technological but political and institutional). How do you take back the core wealth of the 1%without civil war?