If people could do the unthinkable to their economies to slow a pandemic, they could do the same to arrest catastrophic climate change
They – we – could. We could also take the example we have in front of us, the effect of it, and declare “Fuck that!”
Which is the way I would bet on it.
Which leads to what we really should be doing:
The coronavirus outbreak gives us a neat experiment in what happens when humans suddenly dramatically reduce both production and consumption. And, to put it mildly, most of us are not enjoying it one bit. That suggests that instead of the hair shirtery favoured by the Gretas of this world, our best solution is creating the technologies that allow us to keep consuming while also keeping the planet cool with our doing so.
and technological advance means more markets, more capitalism, more globalisation and, shock horror, less taxation.