Regardless of whether or not scientists are wrong on global warming, the European Union is pursuing the correct energy policies even if they lead to higher prices, Europe’s climate commissioner has said.
“I personally have a very pragmatic view.
“Say that 30 years from now, science came back and said, ‘wow, we were mistaken then now we have some new information so we think it is something else’. In a world with nine billion people, even 10 billion at the middle of this century, where literally billions of global citizens will still have to get out of poverty and enter the consuming middle classes, don’t you think that anyway it makes a lot of sense to get more energy and resource efficient,” she said.
“Let’s say that science, some decades from now, said ‘we were wrong, it was not about climate’, would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?.”
That’s not a pragmatic view, that’s an ideological view.
Doubling the price of energy only makes sense if a) climate change is real and dangerous and or b) there’s going to be a shortage of energy in the future.
As b) is most unlikely then if a) is also untrue then there’s really no point in it at all.