David Roberts’ top 20.5 parting insights

David Roberts has done a masterful job in summing up the state of affairs as regards climate change and public policy. Not sure if I agree with every point, but it’s impressive to be so succinct and insightful through a medium such as Twitter. Hope he has a good year off.

Here are my favorites:

4. Climate adaptation is much more expensive than mitigation. The more we spend now, the less we’ll spend overall.

5. Much more “big government” will be required to adapt to a warming world than is required to reduce carbon emissions.

6. The choice, then, is bigger, more expensive gov’t now or MUCH bigger, MUCH more expensive gov’t later. There is no third choice.

8. Climate policy is about pulling future costs & benefits into today’s economy, by hook or by crook.

17.5 Social & economic innovations are every bit as important as technological innovations.

19. You cannot always know how or when, but every act of good will matters. “What is any ocean but a multitude of drops?”

20. If your ideology is serving to justify being unkind or uncaring, you are doing it wrong.

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