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Bad reasons for children's climate strike

Here is why they’re striking
➡️“Worsening climate destruction”
➡️Future “might not be there”
➡️Governments “not listening to the educated”

All three reasons wrong — thread⬇️
➡️Kids striking for climate: "Worsening climate destruction"
No. Till today, because human resilience, climate 95% *less* destructive:
In 1920s, 500,000 people died per year of climate-related causes. Today, only about 20,000
(And there are 4x more people)
➡️Kids striking for climate: "Worsening climate destruction"
No. Till today, because of human resilience, weather losses cost an ever smaller fraction of GDP
Contrary to what you hear, climate impacts are not getting worse
➡️Kids striking for climate: "Worsening climate destruction"
No, till today, because of human resilience, flood costs fraction in US not up
Similar in France sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
Similar for hurricanes for US journals.ametsoc.org/doi/10.1175/BA…
➡️Kids striking for climate: "Worsening climate destruction"
Yes, climate change real and happening. Some things getting worse (like more heavy precipitation)
But not "worsening climate destruction" — till today, globally fewer dead and lower fractional cost
➡️Kids striking for climate: Future “might not be there”
This is just silly. Climate change is a problem, not destroyer of future
Its total cost is equivalent to 2-4% GDP reduction in 2100,
Here from Nobel climate economist Nordhaus, update of IPCC
➡️Kids striking for climate: Future “might not be there”
In all UN scenarios, your future will be bright:
By 2100 rich kids incomes rise by 500%, poor kids by 1,500%!
Deduct 2-4% of climate damage, you will still be amazingly better off in future
➡️Kids striking for climate: Future “might not be there”
Worrying about 2-4% reduction in 1000% richer world is rather entitled
The bottom billions worry about life-and-death issues
That's why biggest UN survey of world's priorities said: climate at bottom
➡️Kids striking for climate: Governments “not listening to the educated”
While governments aren't tackling climate well (aren't tackling many issues well), they know solar & wind can't just "take over"
Smart people, like @VaclavSmil told them so
➡️Kids striking for climate: Governments “not listening to the educated”
Policies of going to 0% CO₂ (@GretaThunberg) would damage welfare much more than benefit it
The world's first Nobel climate economist shows we should do something but not too much
➡️Kids striking for climate: Governments “not listening to the educated”
To fix climate, dont' panic but invest in smart R&D of green energy to innovate price down below the cost of fossil fuels
Study to become the scientist making that breakthrough!
➡️Kids striking for climate:
We need to cool conversation on climate
Alarmism scaring kids, creating political panic and wasting $trillions on poor policies
We owe it to future to spend limited resources to fix climate smarter + tackle all other challenges
➡️Kids striking for climate:
Here is a video I did while visiting Stanford, on the smart solutions for climate and all the other challenges for the world
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