New Yorker Contributor Abandons Hope, Claims ‘Climate Apocalypse’ Is Inevitable

NewsBusters | 9/10/2019 | Staff
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New Yorker contributor Jonathan Franzen wants people to stop pretending that the climate change apocalypse isn’t just around the corner. He argued there is no hope of stopping it, but people need to “redefine” hope in his bleak vision of the future.

On Sept. 8, Franzen wrote that an “All-out war on climate change made sense only as long as it was winnable. Once you accept that we’ve lost it, other kinds of action take on greater meaning.”

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His unusual view in “What If We Stopped Pretending?” was that averting a “climate apocalypse” was “unrealistic,” arguing the only way to prepare was to “admit that we can’t prevent it.”

Franzen’s lack of faith in the common liberal notion of “saving the planet” from climate change was revealing. As far as he could tell, it would take drastic changes including “draconian conservation measures” by all “major polluting countries” including shutting down energy and transportation infrastructure, spending “vast sums of government money” on the correct actions instead of misguided ones like biofuels debacles, and “for overwhelming numbers of human beings, including millions of government-hating Americans” to accept huge tax hikes and “severe curtailment” of their lifestyles.

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He then noted all three of those conditions were essential to prevent the planet from warming more than two degrees, and therefore impossible because of...
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