‘Climate Lockdowns’ Could Be Next…

Left­ists love a lock­down. With the COVID vac­cine being right around the cor­ner that could and should end stay at home orders, left­ists are now float­ing the idea of a “cli­mate lock­down” as the next nec­es­sary order to impose on peo­ple for “safe­ty.”

From Mar­ket Watch:

LONDON (Project Syndicate)—As COVID-19 spread ear­li­er this year, gov­ern­ments intro­duced lock­downs in order to pre­vent a pub­lic-health emer­gency from spin­ning out of con­trol. In the near future, the world may need to resort to lock­downs again—this time to tack­le a cli­mate emergency.

Shift­ing Arc­tic ice, rag­ing wild­fires in west­ern U.S. states and else­where, and methane leaks in the North Sea are all warn­ing signs that we are approach­ing a tip­ping point on cli­mate change, when pro­tect­ing the future of civ­i­liza­tion will require dra­mat­ic interventions.

The world is approach­ing a tip­ping point on cli­mate change, when pro­tect­ing the future of civ­i­liza­tion will require dra­mat­ic inter­ven­tions. Avoid­ing this sce­nario will require a green eco­nom­ic transformation—and thus a rad­i­cal over­haul of cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, finance, pol­i­cy, and ener­gy systems.

Under a “cli­mate lock­down,” gov­ern­ments would lim­it pri­vate-vehi­cle use, ban con­sump­tion of red meat, and impose extreme ener­gy-sav­ing mea­sures, while fos­sil-fuel com­pa­nies would have to stop drilling. To avoid such a sce­nario, we must over­haul our eco­nom­ic struc­tures and do cap­i­tal­ism differently.

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