I was especially interested in Administrator McCarthy’s analysis of the role of uncertainty in climate predictions, which I had not thought about before. For decades, climate change skeptics were overly focused on establishing a level of certainty in climate change predictions. But Administrator McCarthy interestingly points out that when doctors inform patients that they are likely to experience a serious medical condition in the near-future, patients aren’t likely to interrogate the doctor on the likelihood and certainty involved in that prediction. Climate change is an incredibly time sensitive crisis that must be remedied with urgency, and the continued focus on certainty wastes time we don’t have, just as interrogating the doctor would.
Administrator McCarthy discussed corporate inaction on climate change and stated that consumers haven’t used their power to push these companies to act. What power do we have as individuals, whether it be as consumers or voters, and how do we most effectively exercise that power?