You may not have said CO2 is the real enemy Jan, but opinion makers do and that view is backed by political propaganda and mainstream media. Look at the paens of praise that go up in response to news that China is building more wind turbines than any other nation. The news is presented as if China has ‘seen the light’ and committed in full to Kyoto, Copenhagen, Paris and all the other meaningless accords and agreements.
If fact China has seen a light, but a very different light to the one the west is looking at, they see a civilisation prepared to destroy itself for the mythical goal of ‘saving the planet,’ a planet that is perfectly capable of saving itself BTW, whether our descendants are around to enjoy it or not. And the Chinese see an opportunity to take advantage of our collective wallowing in guilt and end the dominance of the western nations. Russia is playing the same game, and our political elites, for the sake of creating a politically correct monoculture, are helping them.
You are wrong to blame us, we are not hypocrites but too many of us are prepared to believe what we are told, that consumption is good, that our lives will be enhanced if we have the latest iPhone (how many new versions have been launched in that brand’s short life,) that a new computer running Windows 10 will do all our thinking for us when in fact Windows XP wil do everything 90% of users want, and the power users will probably not be working on Microsoft’s clunky products. but people will probably have bought 3 new computers since XP was launched.
We are all being pushed towards electric cars “to save the planet” to the extent that not long ago the idiot Macron was being quoted as saying France will ban fossil fuel vehicles by 2040, a totally unrealistic target and unnecessary as research has shown over the whole life of a car from obtaining materials to scrapping and recycling, EVs have an only slightly smaller carbon footprint and manfacturing processes, particularly of the battery packs, dumps some very unpleasant chemicals in the environment in exchaneg for that small saving of harmless CO2. But there are an estimated 1.4 billion fossil fuelled cars in the world, and sales are falling not because large numbers of drivers are switching to EVs, (they’re too expensive and are inefficient, totally useless in a hilly area it seems,) but because people have rejected the planned obsolescence business model and are keeping their cars much longer. So the auto corporations and the tech corporations see future profits coming from scrapping those 1.4 billion conventional cars and replacing them with EVs.
If you want to blame someone for the state of the environment, blame the politicians, corporate businesses and the ‘scientists’ who have made all these polluting industries possible. And blame the organisations in government, business and advertising for promoting the lifestyles of the consumption led economy. But don’t blame the people for behaving in ways the propaganda has manipulated them to behave.
And get your yellow vest on, get out and join the pushback.