Screw the Poor, Our Eyes are Fixed on Tomorrow

“People are dying in great poverty, now and all the time.”

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Condemning people to grinding poverty is evil.

Anthony Kelly departed this world last Tuesday. Three days later, a short report he wrote for the Global Warming Policy Foundation was published. Titled Climate Change Policy and the Poor, it raises questions relevant to us all.

What issues are we spending huge amounts of money on? What other problems are losing the battle for our attention? As Kelly points out:

with global warming we are discussing the possibility that there will be a problem in the future… [italics in the original]

Despite the hypothetical nature of this concern, in Britain and elsewhere weighty laws have been passed, expensive regulations have been enacted, and enormous amounts of money are being spent. On a speculative problem that may – or may not – become serious decades hence.

This might make sense if those of us who already call this planet home all…

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