Quote from: daniel1948 on November 12, 2022, 07:29:41 PMSteve has what I call the Star Trek mentality: Science and Technology can and will solve all our problems. Occasionally he acknowledges that politicians are wrongheaded. But he doesn't seem to grasp the magnitude of the obstacle to progress presented by politics. And he loves to say "We just need to do X" as if the country were not divided into factions that hate each other with such virulence that death threats are an everyday occurrence. Any measure supported by one side will be opposed by the other just out of pure meanness.
Catching up on old episodes, but yeah, Steve seems downright delusional about climate change mitigation in this episode. Isn't part of being a skeptic being realistic about the political situation as well as the technological one?
The reason why business as usual is better now than before is because it has always been a status quo scenario and as such it was never realistic as technology was always going to progress relative to a near decade ago. Previously business as usual painted an extremely grim picture. Now it just paints a very grim one. It's like moving from Venus to Mars and going "well, I'm no longer being burned alive by the acidic molten lead atmosphere so things are looking up!"