Coming up with a policy to deal with “climate change” (assume we need one for now) requires that we come up with some estimate of how much we care about future generations. There is simply no avoiding that. In all the sciency-goodness out there, I see very little discussion of this – it is merely implied. But, then I have questions:
(1) Given that many folks think we’re going to nuke ourselves to death, or that MRSA is going to wipe us out, or that we have anti-population people out there, don’t we need to think about who may be around in the future, or even if ANY of us will be around?
(2) Does our expectation about future income matter?
(3) Finally, if the future matters, shouldn’t it ONLY be parents that get to decide the fate of climate policy?
…(3a) can anyone help me think harder about what types of people along the ideological divide on climate change are more or less likely to have children and families?
Inquiring minds want to know.