Mann said there have been many different reconstructions of temperature changes over time, and every one comes to the same conclusion. And, he said, that work is just one of many pieces of evidence, and not the most important one...He said capitalism isn’t the problem, and that it can help solve the problem
“The problem is we’ve got the rules rigged right now,” Mann said. “We’ve got them rigged in favor of destructive approaches to meeting our energy needs.”
That includes subsidizing fossil fuels and not accounting for the cost of emitting carbon on the economy and quality of life.
On the question of what can be done to address climate change, Mann said a good faith debate needs to take place on what policies should be adopted, and difficult decisions will have to be made.
What Mann means by a "good faith debate" is a debate where no one disagrees with anything he says.
What can we do about the problem (of climate change)? Of course there are things that we can do, personally, in our lives to decrease our own carbon footprints, and we should all do those things as a matter of course. But that's probably not going to be enough.
Feb 13, 2012
12:15 PM Los Angeles, CA UCLA School of Law
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10:30 PM Milwaukee, WI Frontier Airlines Center
Lecture & Book Signing, 2012 Green Energy Summit