This was my answer to a respectable and intelligent young person who objected to my tweets of hopelessness today. I'm removing their identity out of respect. But.
Action. Towards the goal.
2. I do not believe that CO2 emission reductions by themselves are enough, but any immediate reduction without leading emissions would be good.
Most of the prescriptions are "emit a bunch of carbon now, and then *someday*...
But not slowing down. Works immediately.
3. It is known, anywhere where facts are stored, that because of air resistance, gas mileage drops sharply above about 25 - 35 mph. The higher the speeds, the higher the drop.
Have you ever stood out in a 70 mph wind?
Going 70 through the air is exactly the same thing.
4. So, everyone who personally cares about climate change responds to that fact by slowing to an *absolute maximum* of the posted speed limit everywhere all the time.
And fairies dance in the yard and leave rings of mushrooms.
5. The day I go out in traffic and you can tell the people who believe about climate change and simple grade school science because they're all going 5 mph under the speed limit, I'll grant you a glimmer of optimism.
Until then - nope. Waiting for the government is forever.
The Lovin' Spoonfuls "Do You Believe in Magic" is the global theme song of the climate movement. And I don't. Sorry.

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