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not the best of news : we’re too selfish to stop global warming

Finally someone has come out and said it. We’re too selfish to make the sacrifices required to turn around global warming. Nobody wants to say this, because we want to hope that there is still time the naysayers and deniers and ignorant and indifferent– most of the world’s population, including some very rich adamant anti-warmists– will have a change of heart, or that a technological fix will be found. This distressing study is a reiteration of Garret Hardin’s thesis of  tragedy of the common, the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one’s self-interest, despite their understanding that depleting the common resource is contrary to the group’s long-term best interests.