How to Resolve the Climate Problem

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My name is David Siegel. I’m a business consultant, entrepreneur, writer, dad, and nature photographer interested in evidence-based action to make the world a better place.

If you believe we should reduce carbon emissions to prevent catastrophic global warming, please see my essay at ClimateCurious.com. To date, over 30,000 people have been to the page and spent time there. It’s a huge resource for anyone wanting to learn more about climate science.

This page is for people who believe decarbonization is the wrong approach to the environmental problem. On this page, I’m coining two new words for the English language that aren’t well suited to Twitter:

If you are antidecarbonization, it means you’re a strong supporter of environmental issues, but you don’t believe that decarbonization is a priority. You would like to see people and governments take an evidence-based, rather than political, approach to solving our environmental problems.

An antidecarbonista is someone who believes strongly that the focus on carbon is misplaced and wants to help educate and influence others in the environmental movement to reprioritize and focus on more immediate problems.

Prominent antidecarbonistas include Bjorn Lomborg, Freeman Dyson, Matt Ridley.

We are not conservatives. We don’t watch Fox News. We don’t listen to talk radio. We are independent thinkers and doers, and we are very concerned about the environment, the welfare of children, the poor, and society. In the United States, some of us are Libertarians, most of us are Democrats.

Citizen scientists, bloggers, academics, and tenured professors are doing great work to learn what’s happening with our climate. But the decarbonization lobby is well organized and using the web and social media to its advantage. They are 30 years ahead of us and outnumber us 100 to 1. At this point, they are so committed, they can’t turn back and admit they are wrong. Their careers are tied to climate change. They are waging an escalating public-relations war against carbon, with no end in sight.

I believe that to break the logjam, we should do three things:

1We must focus on liberal media outlets to get them to learn how biased they are and why they are buying the wrong story. It’s a huge challenge, because they associate decarbonization with doing good for the environment, and anyone who says otherwise is an arch conservative bent on destroying the future. It’s hard for them to admit they are wrong. The media parrots what the PR people tell them to say. Ask hard questions. Do what you can to influence liberal media, blogs, journalists, and others. Simply having conversations, asking questions, and sending people to my essay will help.

2I would like to target a small number of well known people to convert and then they will spread the message naturally. The people on my list are influential liberals: Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Jeff Skoll, Jon Stewart, Elan Musk, George Clooney, Mike Bloomberg, George Soros, Thomas Steyer, etc. My goal is to put together a very small, very exclusive event where a few of these people can spend a day with the people I list in my article and learn what’s really going on in climate science. Then these people can use their influence to help us put the environmental movement (and science) back on track. If you can help me reach them, I hope to make this event a reality.

3I believe we should get the message to our elected representatives to help them understand that this is not a political issue, this is a scientific issue, and it’s possible to cut through the lies and deceit and look at the evidence. It’s difficult, but possible. They need a guide. I call on independent and liberal think tanks to produce educational material that will help policymakers understand what’s really going on.

Excellent treatises on practical solutions include:

If you can help make progress toward one of these three goals, I hope you will. Today, a Google search for the word “antidecarbonization” turns up zero hits. I hope that in the coming years, there will be thousands, then hundreds of thousands. I’ve made a little badge you can use to promote your web site as antidecarbonization but not anti-environment. Feel free to take it and link to this site or to my essay:

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The most important thing you can do is talk to people. Please s p r e a d the word. Send them to ClimateCurious.com

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