Robert Ellison of the online newsletter, AmericanThinker.com provides balanced insight and research into why there exists a strong sentiment blaming capitalism for climate change, and problems in the world. Ellison also shows glaring flaws in the presumptions and science behind climate change modeling, and how imprecise use of current models and data damage the credibility of climate science, bungle policy, and impact large sectors of the economy.
Do individuals act out free will for discovery, exploration, and expression of entrepreneurial spirit or do individuals submit to government suppression of those desires under regulations, taxation, and forfeiture of property for the “greater good”? The answers are not simple, but to really “cure the climate” means first to clear our heads about what climate change means to individuals, not institutions and governments.
Individualism does better within the private sector, so here is where we can nurture location specific solutions fostered by today’s tech-driven marketplace of ideas and innovations.
There are already some examples from around the world of remote communities tackling environmental problems where the solutions came from the backyard tinkerer, not from an unelected bureaucrat threatening a looming mandate of “legalized” punishment.
For instance, cleaner practices, such as privatizing recycling, growing organic vegetables, promoting individual water collection and water filtering within the free market arena (already proven to work in some localities) could vastly change the dynamic of how capitalism can make our planet greener and cleaner for generations to come.
Here’s Robert Ellison’s article:
Irreducible imprecision is shown in the diagram below. It is from a paper by Julia Slingo, head of the British Met Office, and Tim Palmer, head of the European Centre for Mid-Range Weather Forecasting. Source: Julia Slingo and Tim Palmer 2011 Their advice, as we have only one planet, is that climate uncertainty requires that unspecified precautionary action be taken to mitigate greenhouse gases.
Going further in Robert’s article helps to provide some fresh perspective on why capitalism is better for provisioning, and organizing a society for adapting and innovating to cleaner technologies. Capitalism still excels at providing the impetus to mitigating climate change altogether through the economic reward of market based solutions.
“Economic growth provides [its own] resources for solving problems – restoring organic carbon in agricultural soils, conserving and restoring ecosystems, better sanitation and safer water, better health and education, updating the diesel fleet and other productive assets to emit less black carbon, developing better and cheaper ways of producing electricity, replacing cooking fires with better ways of preparing food, etc.” – Robert Ellison
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There are many take-aways. One is to avoid dwelling on the whole social inequality impulse many environmentalists seem to put on the table when they knowingly or unknowingly support Agenda 21. Bunching up too many dissonant issues invites polarized and uninformed voices to frame capitalism as an amalgam of social injustices – one big demon against so-called progressive values.
Yet, a truly corruption free, deregulated capitalism would create a far superior playing field of entry level opportunity and beneficial competition to grow and nurture next generation technologies. This is also proven in how a smaller companies are able to simultaneously adapt to shifting market conditions faster while rewarding their stakeholders and delivering value to customers in a more efficient manner. Lighter carbon foot prints are the soon realized, natural by-products of motivated green entrepreneurship.
As opposed to the above, overbearing mandates of international-based regulations in which only a few percent of the population truly receive economic opportunities and benefits while everyone else loses due to widespread economic hardship and increasing barriers to entry are the true obstacles to environmental sustainability and economic growth. Notice how the United Nations in its 35 year effort to formulate some type of master plan to correct the problem – as in Agendas 21 and 2030, have really made things worse.
Add to this the predominant power of global corporatism (grown by generations of a closed-door elite) where always a large corporation with its infinite resources and strategic government relationships dodges an activist’s bullet, never responsibly factors latent, external costs to the environment to its own balance sheet. Instead, today’s corporate funded activist (Google ‘activists supported by George Soros’) impacts the smallest players in the free market first – people within the activists’ own economic class: friends, neighbors, property owners, individual taxpayers, and start-up entrepreneurs.
That the loudest critics of the most successful human system of commerce, capitalism, who first look to governmental solutions is a knee-jerk impulse. Obviously re-affirming power in multinational organizations like the United Nations, Paris Climate Accord, and numerous stateside authorities to control and regulate property owners is not the quintessential pivotal, mobilizing action to saving the planet.
The action of truly sustainable, future-forward adaptation really comes from self reliant individuals and independent companies who take risks with research and development, commerce, and finance to progress their lives towards prosperity in a community of mutual benefit: Capitalism.
Therefore more attention must be directed to the incentives of the free market, business savvy, and private investment in small scale, localized innovations in business and technology that can incrementally deliver solutions and planet friendly products, while ensuring the competition of free market to meet demand while ensuring a profit.
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