The left argues that the right is spinning geoengineering to undermine climate action

The left's argument that the right is spinning geoengineering to undermine climate action. It's like they are in their own little fantasy world:

Their new justifications for delay are simple. Taking advantage of the economic crisis, they call climate action a job killer. If the Right's anger and vehemence against the very idea of green jobs has shocked and confused you, well, understand that it's important that climate change be framed as a threat to the economy, and never an opportunity: the growing importance of clean tech industries and jobs to the American economy must be downplayed in order for this strategy to work (never mind that wind power already employs more Americans than coal mining). Look for this argument to increase in volume as Copenhagen draws near...

But if we can be made to believe that megascale geoengineering can stop climate change, then delay begins to look not like the dangerous folly it actually is, but a sensible prudence. The prospect of geoegineering is the only thing that can make that delay seem at all morally acceptable.

In other words, combining dire warnings about climate action's economic costs with exaggerated claims about geoengineering's potential is the new climate denialism

Geoengineering and the New Climate Denialism

One quick comment on the claim that there are more wind power jobs than coal mining jobs. It is true there are more wind power jobs. There are 85,000 employed by wind, and 82,000 employed by coal mining. However, it is important to note that mining isn't the only source of jobs when it comes to coal. There are also 31,000 involved in transportation, as well as 60,000 with power plant employment, for a total of 174,000, or more than .12% of the US workforce. That's not even scratching the surface of the other power producing jobs, from gas, oil, natural gas, shale, etc. So 85,000 jobs is a drop in the bucket, when you consider all the jobs that would be lost if fossil fuels were replaced with exclusively with renewable energy sources.


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