Speaking of the 1%, this article at the Wall Street Journal provides me with a good opportunity to reassert what my amateur researches have suggested: that per capita carbon emissions increase sharply with income, probably exponentially. The proposals for reducing emissions tend to be regressive, that is they would fall most heavily on the lowest income earners rather than the highest.
The reality is that one meeting at Davos produces more emissions than 146 Americans do in a year. The carbon offsets which the participants claim green their meeting is unenforceable claptrap.
A 25,000 square foot home (or several of them), however efficient, will require a lot more emissions for its construction and upkeep than a 8 X 12 room, probably exponentially so. Anyone who’s serious about reducing emissions should figure out how to convince rich environmentalists to reduce their own emissions. That’s another plan I’d like to see.
It does remind me of a wry definition of “environmentalist”: someone who already owns a cabin in the woods.