The planet is warming, and all
you can do is talk about money and fairy tales about
eternal economic growth. You have stolen my dreams and my
childhood with your empty words. I’m sorry, Greta Thunberg. I share your worry about global
warming, but that is Dead Wrong. It is more fair to say that economic
growth gave you – and me – a childhood. Before we filled the skies with
greenhouse gases, every second child died before
their fifteenth birthday. And they did not have a
school to strike from. 90 percent were illiterate. So our ancestors did not burn
fossil fuels because they were stupid or evil, but because
they wanted to give us a future. And we still need economic growth, to
protect us against all sorts of threats. The risk of dying in a
climate-related disaster – floods, droughts, storms, and
extreme heat – has actually been reduced by more than 90
percent since the 1950s. Not because we have fewer
disasters today, but because we have more wealth and
technology to save human lives. Had we had negative growth since
then, we would have had less global warming, and yet, almost
half a million more people would die every year because of
climate-related incidents. Now we need to create
this growth based on green technologies that do not
emit greenhouse gasses. But that’s expensive. Do we really think that that
is going to happen in shrinking economies that have to
deal with mass unemployment? If not, then I’m sorry, we’re
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