As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, we hope to introduce a little logic, common sense and a different perspective in dealing with some of our pressing problems real or perceived. Reality however seems to be sorely lacking in so many important policy areas. Take climate change for instance. Two threads emerged lately from the climate alarmists, we face a dire economic future because of climate change and it’s already too late to do anything about it. The economic doom forecast is based on the Fourth National Climate assessment. Its prediction of a reduced GDP in 2090 has been heralded in much of the press as leaving our children and grandchildren with a very gloomy future. Worse, Steven Mufson the energy correspondent for the Washington Post tells us it’s already too late to do anything about it. To be a successful religion the Church of Mother Earth (Pacha Mama) it must give some hope of redemption, but no we’re doomed. Redemption and hope for the future will have to be found elsewhere. Luckily, there is actually reasons for hope. The theoretical physicist Stevin Koonan, who served as Energy under Secretary in the Obama administration doing the math points out the worse case scenario in the Climate assessment the economy would only put us “two years behind where it would have been absent man-caused climate change.” Put that way the worse case doesn’t sound all that bad.
Will we really experience the worse case? Maybe, but it’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow any good. While governments much as Canute with the tides have failed to stop climate change, people are adapting on their own to the perceived future. The Wall Street Journal reports due to a longer growing season farmers in Northern Manitoba, Canada are switching from wheat to higher yielding corn and soybeans. Good for them. Now we want you to go to a globe and see how much of the world’s land mass is above and below the respective 56th parallels. A map while favoring our point (especially a Mercator Projection) would have distortions. Increasing arable land is a good thing. Also what treasures of natural resources will now become recoverable at a reasonable cost? What is under all that Greenland Ice? Not only may we have more access to stuff the world needs but for Canada and Alaska and others we will have the long sought Northwest Passage to move it all to the World Markets. Don’t believe the Passage exists, book one of the 10 Best Northwest Passage Cruises offered by Northwest Passage Cruises and Tours.