To answer your question: no, even apart from the emotional trigger words, this doesn’t “accurately summarize” my point of view.

That’s a relief.

First off: we’re not all going to die. The richer one is, …..

Sure. This is the way of the world. Has been for millenia now.

Second: every time a government passes a law if removes part of the freedom of people to live as they like.

Granted. However, you can ride that slippery rationalization all the way down to a absolute monarchy or totalitarian dictatorship. A civil libertarian (which I would hope we all strive to be, even though we may quibble about the specifics of that) tolerates laws as a necessary component of a civil society, but wants as few of them as is absolutely necessary.

Third: the government doesn’t have to force anyone, it can nudge. Building dense housing itself, investing in efficient public transport, zoning laws that mix commercial and residential areas to minimize distances. And at the same time not subsidizing electric cars, and habitat sprawl. And of course tax CO2 emissions since those need to be driven towards zero to slow climate change.

  1. Government housing has a rather poor record of success in the US. Unlikely to happen here. Actually, almost impossible to get public support for.
  2. Nothing wrong with efficient public transport. We do that now, although we could of course do it better.
  3. Welcome to Houston. We have seven to twelve “downtowns” because of our lack of zoning, depending how you count.
  4. I quite agree that electric cars need not to be subsidized, and have no problem with reasonable and sane carbon taxes.

Because this is what comes down to in the end — we emit too many greenhouses gases, so we need to do something about that. Living in appartment blocks instead of free-standing houses requires much less energy for heating.

Two issues there. First, yes, you’re quite right that the world cannot manage seven billion people who all want to live like Americans or Europeans. However, with “apartment blocks”, you suddenly conjure up what is, for many, a miserable sounding existence. It certainly is for me. Cities are dirty, filthy, congested things, while the countryside is clean and refreshing. :-)

And hence my comment on “freedom”. You may “nudge” all you like, as long as the nudging is easily ignored or compensated for by trading off piano lessons to pay the carbon tax.

anyone rich enough to be able to afford a house in the country side, building the road there, and driving a Tesla can still do so.

It’s……far less expensive to live in the countryside, and is so in every developed nation. Cities are expensive. So, if your “nudges” flip that equation…….then yes, you very much have infringed on freedom in an unacceptable way.

Besides, what’s so horribly frightning about a guy living on an acre of land with his own solar panels and water retention system?

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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