The World as I have known it from my years of growing up to being a young man and years of work has vanished. One of the many reasons seem to be that our globe is heating up, causing dramatic changes in weather patterns, food production and lots of ditto connected effects.
Governments have been put under pressure to cope with the rising problem. Climate meetings have been held in many places around the globe. The result? Besides of some technical innovations, not really anything which is gonna change the course of global warming. So in their desperation to show the public a plan of action, governments have chosen to impose financial fees/taxes on the use of fossil fuels, like oil, natural gas and coal.
However, some governments have gone further. The latest idea is a tax on cow burbs. (farting) Yes, that's right, cows fart and their farts contain methane gas, which is considered a climate gas. And this glorious idea has sprung up in the brains of New Zealand politicians, where farmers are now seriously uttering doubt whether their government has lost all common sense.
A tax on a cow burb, will certainly bring in some money, especially since New Zealand has approx. 10 million beef and 26 million sheep. And according to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's ambitious plan, the goal is to reduce 10% of methane gas emissions from animals.
Can you picture New Zealand cows and sheep with a methane gas filter on their behind? Or is Ms. Ardern's plan rather based on eradicating 10 % of farmers in the country?
This incredulous plan shows how far removed from reality politicians brains are. And it's also becoming transparent why so many people are losing faith in their government. For New Zealand, the next logical step will be to get rid of 10% of their population, as people, not unlike animals, are also polluting the atmosphere with the very same dangerous methane gas while farting. (the side effects of that will even be less polluting traffic}
In Europe and North America, where such outlandish ideas haven't been promoted yet, the governments have announced other ambitious plans, f.ex. to prohibit the sale of fossil-fuel powered vehicles from 2030, mandating the wide-spread use of electrical vehicles. Now, there are lots of discussions on the draw-backs and benefits of EVs, but what has been largely ignored is that electrical energy is not something we can harvest from trees. It will simply not be available in sufficient kwh to serve all households, industrial demands and the vehicle fleet of hundreds of millions of people. Right now, Europe is facing a huge energy crisis due to sanctions imposed on Russia. Costs pr kwh are soaring, (letting energy providers earn billions), and it doesn't help that lots of nuclear power stations have been shut down in the nineties. So all-of-a-sudden coal-fired power plants are having their renaissance, despite the previously announced ambitious plans of reducing CO2 emissions. It is very doubtful that Russian energy will ever get back into western Europe, so electrical power will most likely have to be produced through environmentally unfriendly means. The jump from fossil fuels to "Tesla World" will not be painless. Consumers will have to be prepared to stop using high-powered ACs and lowering their inside home temps during cold northern winters. Air traffic will have all but to stop, and the same goes for world-wide shipping. Have you ever seen the momentary pictures of airborne planes in the world, or the ditto crowded oceans?
Image from flight tracker showing part of USA
Ship traffic around Europe and Africa as shown in marinetraffic.com
These images might give you just an idea what the world is facing. If governments are to make the slightest dent in greenhouse gas emissions they gotta stop life as we have known it (and gotten used to). If we want to stop all further global warming we gotta stop all of the above and start living in turf houses eating garden vegetables only.
I seriously doubt that's gonna happen. Instead, we will have to live and deal with the warming globe.