The Secretary-General of the United Nations — do you know his name? — gave a speech over the weekend. He announced the following.
Climate change is the defining issue of our time. If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone.”
This speech indicates that the climate change movement is now a politically lost cause. The classic statement of a politically lost cause is this declaration: “If nothing is done immediately, it will soon be too late. But there is time to save ourselves if we act now.”
Why is this evidence of a lost cause? Because nothing is ever done politically to solve major long-term problems. Politicians take action only when the public demands it, and therefore their re-election is at risk. By the time the public is unified enough to demand action, the voters are already feeling the pain. By the time they feel the pain, the crisis is upon them. It is no longer a long-term problem. It is a short-term problem.
At this point, Congress will take a major action, which costs a lot of money, centralizes more power, transfers more sovereignty to the national government’s various bureaucracies, and then is forgotten. The problem then goes out of the public’s perception, and the bureaucrats take over. They do little to solve the problem, but they establish the rules for dealing with it on a permanent basis. If it is solved, they are out of jobs. So, it is never officially solved. Nothing remains except the turf wars of the various bureaucracies.
There is a name for this process: “Kick the can.”
A few true believing politicians continue to warn us that if something is not done, the problem will be unsolvable.
Nothing is ever done, but the speeches never change. Nothing was done two decades ago, but the politicians still assure us that “it is not too late if we act now.” But that was what they said two decades ago. Nothing was done then, but somehow there is still time, “if we act now.”
The classic example of this is the unfunded liability of Social Security and Medicare. We are told that if nothing is done, the programs cannot be sustained. Nothing is ever done. The politicians continue to sound the warning. There is always time left . . . if we act now. But “we” do not act now. The politicians keep giving the same warnings. A decade later, two decades later, three decades later. The warning never changes. The unfunded liabilities continue to build up.
Climate change has now entered the status of a politically lost cause.
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