This is a teachable moment for climate change activists, but are they listening?

By Kent R. Kroeger (December 5, 2018)

Demonstrators block the Prado’s roundabout, southern France, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, to protest fuel taxes in Marseille. French interior ministry officials say that one protester has been killed and more than 40 injured as demonstrators block roads around France to protest gas price increases. (CLAUDE PARIS / AP)
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Lessons climate change activists need to learn

First Lesson

If the Yellow Vest protests offer any insight, it is that the financial burden of addressing climate change cannot disproportionately fall on lower- and middle-income households.

Second Lesson

Technological advances are not achieved through good intentions or by simply throwing money at the problem. Breakthroughs require an unknown amount of time — sometimes they happen faster than expected and sometimes they don’t. I am still waiting for nuclear fusion to finally come around.

Third Lesson

If the U.S. never increases carbon taxes in any substantial way, you can thank Barack Obama.

Fourth Lesson

The fourth lesson builds upon the third: Free market capitalism, warts and all, is the most powerful force we have to combat climate change. The private sector, from the corporate boardroom down to the household level, is where the real progress on climate change will be made...and is being made.

Fifth (and final) Lesson

The fifth lesson is the simplest (and hardest) of all to master: Live your values.

Actor Ed Begley Jr. (L), with his daughter Hayden Carson Begley at the 2014 Oscars, shows the subway card he used to get to the award ceremony (Michael Buckner/Getty Images North America)
Leonardo DiCaprio with his buddies in the Maldives (L) and on his yacht ‘Big Bang’ (R)

I am a survey and statistical consultant with over 30 -years experience measuring and analyzing public opinion (You can contact me at: kroeger98@yahoo.com)

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