Making a list of all the things we need to do to avoid climate catastrophe, and the dates by which we need to do them, is useful, I suppose. Most people will have the same reaction: the depth and breadth of the damage we have to fix is overwhelming.

But that's not the worst of it. Doerr's goals require political will to enact and achieve, but they have not been adopted, nor are they likely to be adopted, by any govt currently in office, certainly not in the timeframe Doerr so helpfully lays out for us.

Why? Doerr needs to add "Obstacles" to his framework. And here's the main obstacle: No govt has the political will, nor the mandate, nor the absence of organized opposition, required to enact even 2 or 3 of these gargantuan changes, talk about all of them.

In America, things are even more dire. We are in the midst of a slow-moving coup that will most likely take over the American Congress this year and topple our constitutional Republic in 2024. Does anyone think our new GOP overlords will adopt any of these goals or deadlines? Of course not. They will be too busy trying to turn the US into Russia. Meanwhile, the climate clock will just keeps ticking.

What I would like to see is John Doerr's "Save Democracy Action Plan", which would be required as Step 1 to any action plan on climate. If we don't find a way to derail the coming takeover of the US govt by thieves and idiots, all of this is empty talk.

Time is short and ... guess what? Tyrants, kleptocrats, and demagogues are not going to save the planet. First we must save the planet from them.

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Steve is author of Intuitive Marketing (2019) & Neuromarketing for Dummies (2013). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.

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Steve Genco

Steve Genco

Steve is author of Intuitive Marketing (2019) & Neuromarketing for Dummies (2013). He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University.