This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.
I like to think of the climate change problem in terms of a sick but fat and happy man alone in the woods. He’s sick because he’s in a cabin with a large supply of arsenic laced Ho-Hos (oil), and a much larger supply of Twinkies (coal) with even more arsenic. On one particular day he both realizes that he’s almost out of Ho-Hos, his favorite food, but more importantly that the reason he’s getting sick is that both sources of food are poison. But without food he’ll starve.
Here’s the question: If eating a quarter of the Twinkies will kill him, how much more of the delicious snacks should he eat?
The answer, of course, is he should get off his lazy butt and learn to hunt and farm.