Next five years are make-or-break for runaway climate change
By Gwynne DyerDec. 10, 2018
Poles clinging to coal, despite the fact that the fog of coal smoke that envelopes Polish cities in winter kills thousands every year, and ordinary people in France rioting for the right to go on burning cheap diesel in their cars despite a comparable death toll from atmospheric pollution there, suggest that the quest to cut greenhouse gas emissions before global warming goes runaway faces even greater resistance than the experts feared.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on June 6, 2018, with French President Emmanuel Macron in Ottawa. In Paris and in other cities, protesters were building barricades, torching cars, and setting banks and houses on fire because Mr. Macron’s government has raised the tax on diesel fuel by 6.5 cents per litre. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
LONDON, U.K.—“Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made,” wrote Immanuel Kant in 1784. It is still true.
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