In my mind the problem with Global Warming is not that we might damage the Earth – the planet has survived far worse. The problem is that human societies and cities have been built in a rather more permanent manner that the ever-changing climate of the planet will allow.
Even if we stop Anthropogenic Climate Change (or, heaven forbid, if it isn’t even happening), Natural Climate Change will eventually present exactly the same problems.
Quite so. Which is why we should, in any case, go for the economic model that allows the human race to build up the maximum amount of wealth so that we can mitigate against such potential catastrophes.
Luckily, there is such a model; it was produced in the IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, is known as the A1 family and can be summarised thusly:
A1 storyline and scenario family: a future world of very rapid economic growth, global population that peaks in mid-century and declines thereafter, and rapid introduction of new and more efficient technologies.
There is, of course, only one political party which has adopted this particular model and it is, not entirely coincidentally, the party that I helped to found: the UK Libertarian Party.