That's right. Climate change radicalism is what worries me, especially since it appears to have become part of the rhetoric of most of the Democrats running for President. In the face of a humming economy, I think this issue can turned into THE big one that assures Trump's reelection. I read this morning that 4 million jobs are directly or indirectly dependent on the shale oil industry, and a lot of them are in the Midwest battleground states and Texas.
Again, that's right. And it is why American self-sacrifice is such a loser politically - it will kill American jobs for no discernable purpose.
Research I can agree with. Negotiation to trade our middle class prosperity away? No way. If we can address our CO2 emissions in a way that's consistent with our prosperity, solid. But we must do so because it is our best interest, not to persuade autocratic governments to do things they should be motivated to do themselves. As I argued above - we are doing are part. That can, and must, be enough.
I disagree with your characterization of rules intended to keep working folks working, but let's face it - radicalism breeds reaction. If you think Trump's rhetoric is over the top, then what of the crapola I hear from supposedly responsible Dems that we'll all be doomed in another decade or so? And their vile cynicism that displaced workers be told to grin and learn how to code?
Thanks for compiling that list. Some of it I can agree with, others not. The key dynamic for me is that prosperity - for working Americans - must be sustained and preserved. Carbon taxes raise the price of fuel. You and I can afford the self-sacrifice, but not working folks who must commute to work to keep their jobs. Electric cars have more appeal than they used to - thanks to technology advances - but they are still far too expensive and impractical for most working folks. Who here wants an electric car for other than use as a second vehicle? Range anxiety, until solved, is going to discourage most of us for trading the freedom of the internal combustion engine for batteries. I see some cities are thinking about banning new construction that use gas or oil for heat, in favor of electricity only. Who here heats their home with electricity? Are you pleased with the efficiency and cost? Again, this is absurd virtue-signaling that won't change the climate but will help break the backs of the poor.