What we usually hear about when the subject is climate change is stuff meant to scare you out of your socks. Rising oceans, violent storms, draughts, famines, plagues of locusts … and so forth. The implied alternative is austerity so severe – no cars, rationed electricity, smaller houses, once-a-week cold showers, etc. – that people are inclined to think, “Well, that will never happen,” and tune out.
Secretary of State John Kerry is a believer and a scold of those who are called “deniers” to smear them as akin to those who believe the Holocaust never happened. Mr. Kerry is, himself, a big energy consumer. One trembles to contemplate the size of his personal carbon footprint, not to mention the number of tons of the stuff he has dumped into the atmosphere on the government’s dime. And he is now trying on a new argument. It is a variation on the old, “in crisis, opportunity line,” and the way Kerry sees it, as reported by Kyle Balluck of The Hill:
“So many of the technologies that will help us fight climate change are far cheaper, more readily available, and better performing than they were … less than a decade ago. These technologies can cut carbon pollution while growing economic opportunity at the same time. The global energy market represents a $6 trillion opportunity, with 6 billion users around the world. By 2035, investment in the energy sector is expected to reach nearly $17 trillion.”
Leaving one to wonder why, if there is so much money to be made in these technologies, it isn’t already happening. Why does the American Secretary of State have to go around making the pitch that, “Kid, you can make trillions in renewables.”
Also, one thinks, have we not heard this and tried this before? Does Solyndra ring any bells with Mr. Kerry?
If Mr. Kerry would like to make a point about climate change, how about promising to reduce his personal and professional carbon emissions by 10 percent this year, thus setting an example for the government and the rest of us.