Thursday, January 3, 2019

What Fools These Mortals Be!

We humans are a strange species. Despite access to almost unlimited information and data, far too many prefer to notice only what is front of them at the present moment, simply reacting rather than anticipating and planning. Probably the best illustration of this is the fact that the majority of countries, and this certainly includes Canada, wring their hands when disaster strikes and pay the upfront costs of many billions of dollars instead of putting that money to better use: mitigating climate change and adapting to it. Interestingly, at least in Canada, that shortsightedness breaks down somewhat along gender lines, as you will see shortly.

If you have five minutes to spare, three stories, beginning at the four-minute mark, amply illustrate the above:


  1. Very interesting, Lorne. It puts Trudeau's "prebate" in perspective.

    1. It does indeed, Owen. As I mentioned on your blog yesterday, it is hard to see how receiving more money than one pays out in Trudeau's carbon tax is a disincentive to burn fossil fuels.