Exhibit W: The costs of fighting climate change are astronomical, and the benefits are basically immeasurable.
The costs of waging a war on climate change are astronomical and measured in percentages of GDP. The benefits are basically immeasurable. For the following talking points, I’ll use the lower estimate of $42 billion per year.
- At $50,000/yr, $42 billion could pay 840,000 teachers/year.
- At $2,000,000 each, $42 billion could build 21,000 bridges/year.
- At $4,000,000 each, $42 billion could build 10,500 schools/year.
- At $1,000,000,000 each, $42 billion could develop 42 new drugs/year.
- With a population of 320 million, $42 billion could give every American $131/yr.
- At $500,000/mile, $42 billion could paive 82,000 miles of road/year.
- The same argument can be applied to buying up and preserving the rainforest, building endangered species breeding farms, hospitals, water and sewage treatment facilities and/or any number of projects that will make a real impact on humans and the environment. The current spending simply produces a marginal amount of extremely expensive and unreliable energy sources.
- Even the smartest, most arrogant, idealistic and naive kids in the room, the know-it-alls at Google failed miserably at developing an alternative energy solution. All that time, effort and money could have been spent or solving real problems and making a real difference. Silicon Valley just seems to think that solving the energy problem is as easy as writing code and that everyone else should pay for their naivety/ignorance/ideas/failures.