...and the solution is to give them more of our money and freedom?
“...and the solution is to give them more of our money and freedom?”
The solution is to find ways of lowering CO2 output that stimulate the economy and help society. One great example of this is fracking for natural gas. US CO2 output is down substantially already from what will likely be the all-time peak. The reason is coal-fired power plants being replaced with gas-burning plants that’re cheaper to run, and produce less CO2 for the same amount of power produced.
Any way you look at it, there’s plenty of CO2 in the air already, there’s no actual need to add more. Plus, air pollution from burning coal is a real problem, causing health issues and killing people.
The other thing that really should be a no-brainer regardless of which side you’re on, is thorium based nuclear power. Thorium plants will be much smaller, don’t require water cooling, produce much less (and much shorter lived) waste, can’t melt down, and use fuel that’s four times more plentiful than uranium. If the US (and the world) can adopt a sane stance towards them, power costs could go down a lot, most likely to half or less of the rates we have now.
A good litmus test for how serious someone is about lowering CO2 emissions is to ask them if they’re ready for a big nuclear buildout. IF global warming is a real problem, nuclear power is the only realistic answer.