Nobel Prize-winning economist Thomas Schelling, interviewed in the Atlantic about climate change and the chances of reaching international agreements limiting emissions:
I do think that one of the difficulties is that most of the beneficiaries aren't yet born. More than that: Most of the beneficiaries will be born in what we now call the developing world. By 2080 or 2100 five-sixths of the population, at least, will be in places like China, India, Indonesia, Africa and so forth. And what I don't know is whether Americans are really willing to understand that and do anything for the benefit of the unborn Chinese.We've seen this movie before.
It's a tough sell. And probably you have to find ways to exaggerate the threat. . .
I tend to be rather pessimistic. I sometimes wish that we could have, over the next five or ten years, a lot of horrid things happening -- you know, like tornadoes in the Midwest and so forth -- that would get people very concerned about climate change. But I don't think that's going to happen.
Assistant Village Idiot in comments: "AGW is socially settled, but not scientifically." Agreed.
(via Watts Up With That?)