It’s good to see a defense of the alternate view point.
There is much more to reducing GHGs than solar power and wind power.
But is this simply a reminder for greater action in other ways?
One view might be that the global community can act and limit global warming. To not act will have unacceptable consequences. How we get there as a global community is certainly open to discussion and critique. Whether enough is being done, or the current solutions or approach is the best, it is worth the cost of having a go.
denying the climate is changing - nothing to see here,
accepting climate it is changing but the effect is going to be inconsequential - life will go on much as always,
accepting climate is changing and there is nothing we can do to stop it - be prepared and adapt. It might also cost less.
Who’s the climate change skeptic?
In the instance of the Australian government it must be an interesting comparison?
Advocacy based on failure could be a warning or just one more way to entrench the outcome that many seek to avoid.
Putting an economic value on action and judging it to be too high a price given there is a risk of failure is a poor argument. If the UK and indeed other nations had put an economic value on WW1 or WW2 we may have surended twice to Germany and once to Japan.
It is a rubbish argument.
It may be more appropriate to label BL as far more challenging an advocate than a skeptic. Shades of the story line from SS-GB (The World Hitler Never Made) by Len Deighton.
Forecasting or budgeting for any major challenge, we always under estimate the cost and time. Is that so wrong, when the goal is so necessary?
As a contrasting economic reality achieved through a commitment dating from 1989, the SMH (not behind a paywall) offers the following article on the success of UK in reducing annual total GHG emissions by 43% since 1990.
The UK might be struggling over Brexit but it is not an economic basket case either.
Australia has a much softer 26-28% target relative to a higher 2005 baseline and until 2030 to get there. And even softer 2020 target of a reduction of 5% below 2000 baseline.
For 2018 Uk total GHG equivalent emissions total 449 million tonnes compared with Australia’s 543 million tonnes.
From a consumer perspective it would be interesting to compare for the UK changes in key consumer indices over the period 1990 to 2019. Also to consider economic outcomes for any evidence of consumer impacts related to climate change policy.