Ask A Genius 318 – Markets, Mothers, and Climate Change (4)
October 12, 2017
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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is the main source of the inability to make sustainable changes in that state?
Rick Rosner: Well one thing is that L.A is where people go to make their dreams of a life in entertainment and other fields… come true. Southern California has been a dream destination; a place to go to re-invent yourself… for 100 years and more. It is where the Oakies were. It is a nice place; the climate is nice when it is not 110. It’s… L.A is full of famous people which is exciting and the chance that you might get famous yourself. It is socially liberal which… for most people are nice. Especially if you are someone who has moved to re-invent him or herself. L.A is a really great place to live, except for trying to get from one place to another. I have been here since ’89 and… I have seen L.A go from where you can expect to get to anywhere within 30 minutes to where you can expect to get anywhere within an hour and a half if you are clever.
Jacobsen: Another part of this conversation before taping; was the haze around where I live in British Columbia because of the fires up North of British Columbia… Canada… running down and making things quite warm and… actually having air quality warnings for… quote… not doing strenuous activity, unquote. We have… issues here too, but they are related to climate change. Climate change or global warming is a consistent issue which…America has a huge responsibility globally to make some very drastic, sustainable transitions… in the next few years or decade or two.
Rosner: Well one thing is becoming increasingly clear; that is if you are still denying climate change, you are more and more of an idiot. There is some point in history where you might have been able to make reasonable arguments that climate change was not a big deal. But that point was maybe ten years ago, and the window for not being an idiot has closed. If you are still arguing that it doesn’t exist and that there is no reason to get so worked up over it… then yeah, you are a stone schmuck.
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American Television Writer
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