With historically low trust in government and historically high partisanship? I don’t think these dodos will agree on anything unless they are waist deep in sewage.
I disagree. All you have to do is find a way for everyone to win. If you decompose the trust/partisanship issues we have with government today, they come down to each party believing (incorrectly) that the only way to “win” is if the other side loses. That’s untrue.
Since when is government spending a bad thing?
Governments don’t have any money, so “government spending” is a synonym for “tax the taxpayer more and spend it.” Nonstarter.
Do we leave it to corporations to fix climate change?
Properly incented? Absolutely. Corporations are where a significant amount of the brainpower needed for solutioning exists, along with certain universities and the national labs. The situation screams for a public/private partnership, a la Manhattan Project.
Not hyperbolic at all. Seriously, do you read the reports? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/08/global-warming-must-not-exceed-15c-warns-landmark-un-report
You used the term “end of species”. A 1.5C increase brings us to Holocene Age temperatures. We’ve been there before, and without the technological ability to adapt.
Catastrophic problems? Possibly. Significant impact on population? Maybe. End of species? No.