Do you think we can successfully mitigate and/or adapt to climate change within a capitalist system?

We haven't had much success so far. And it seems to me that success is unlikely to happen soon. Moreover, I reckon most people find it easier to envisage the end of the world, rather, than the end of capitalism. What do you think? @Jerry Lee: Ha, well perhaps the US is socialist for the rich (spending shit loads of money bailing out banks and that) but I think its differentially still capitalist for everyone else

Asked By: joshuahowitt - 6/23/2011
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Sure...there's plenty of methods to sequester carbon/mitigate warming which are useful and create jobs/improve economies... More
Answered By: paul h - 6/23/2011
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Some say we (the U.S. at least) are mostly socialist anyway. Edit: Adding link to WikiPedia on "Fascism". Presumably, the U.S. is not Fascist because it has more than one party.
Answered By: Jerry Lee - 6/23/2011
Well since climate change is natural and has been happening since day one on earth I would think that every system has been able to adapt. If not we wouldn't be here.
Answered By: George Orwell - 6/23/2011
We did with particulate pollution and acid rain. It's easy to forget how polluted our cities were in the 1970s and 1980s. The capitalistic western nations are the cleanest nations on earth. We used marketplace tools to battle acid rain and particulate pollution.
Answered By: Baccheus - 6/23/2011
Really, we're already adapting to higher energy costs, we already have test plants in operation to replace oil. The problem, if you can call it that, is the oil is still really cheap, as the price of oil goes higher the alternatives will come into play. Oil from algae for example has be show to be productive enough to... More
Answered By: Richard - 6/23/2011
Yes, but it will be ugly and today's politician-deniers will be historical villains for thousands of years to come. A classic case of a stitch in time that wasn't stitched.
Answered By: Hey Dook - 6/23/2011
Yes. The key is make 'externalities' - the bad environmental outcomes that don't have a specific cost assigned to any specific company - pollution, deforestation, health, etc have a cost to polluters... More
Answered By: Jason - 6/23/2011
No. We should all go back to living in huts and getting our water from a well. Live expectancy used to be so good back in the pre industrial days (35 years). Ahhhh the good ol days...when climate change (which never happened before according to Michael Mann) used to be caused by the climate changing and not CO2.
Answered By: Ian - 6/23/2011
I appreciate the two points.
Answered By: DQ Super Hero - 6/23/2011
Can we mitigate climate change? I do not believe we have the ability to do so. It is a global phenomena not restricted to any one region. Our best path probably is to stop developing coastal zones and convert to cleaner industry and energy production technologies. Continue to clean up the messes that we have caused... More
Answered By: Eric - 6/23/2011
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