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[Left Column] Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl: The West is committing suicide through its irrational response to Covid-19

"Instead of ‘flattening a curve’, rational leaders (like Beijing’s) try to turn the curve into a cliff...

"If people were led to believe that 1-2 °C of warming was basically the end of the world, is it surprising that they're absolutely terrified of a new disease that has the potential to kill a few million old and sick people? ...

The existential threat posed by coronavirus – or at least, our irrationality towards it – is greater than the climate threat (though still very small). Westerners who haven't seen any real threats for a long time have developed a condition – termed "affluenflammation" by the American musician Remy –  which is a pathological habit of inflating negligible threats. Many people will conclude that the crisis was exciting, and try to kickstart a repetition. The curfew is likely to reduce CO2 emissions this year, so climate activists may try for similar results in the future.

Maybe people will realize that the reaction to the coronavirus was disproportionate."

Published:3/25/2020 8:22:20 AM
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