The Beginning of The Climate Wars

Joel Kotkin, R.C. Hobbs Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University and executive director of the Houston-based Center for Opportunity Urbanism, recently published a piece in the OC Register on the issue of addressing climate change. 

Joel points to the French yellow jacket rebellion - that originally began as a hatred against tax hikes and has now spurred into a rebellion against monarchial rule - as a foreshadowing event for a bitter battle over the climate change issue. 

French President Emmanuel Macron’s policies leads to the notion of embracing a "climate hysteria" when mainstream media should focus on reporting environmental concerns rationally. 

As Joel beautifully puts it:

"The world, California included, needs to respond to the climate challenge with a pragmatism based on realism and respect for citizens’ aspirations. No democratic society can be expected to openly impose a radical decline in living standards; that has already been made clear in France, and may be shape politics here in the US, and even here in California, for years to come."

Read more of his article here

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