The surface temperature of the planet Venus is 800°. Why? Runaway global warming. Planet Earth is undergoing global warming on a scale not seen in 3 million years. Unless Earthlings leave fossil fuels harmlessly sequestered in the bowels of their homestead, the damage will be catastrophic.
There’s a simple solution: renunciation of the Pleasure Principle, that is, making Republicans put their money where their mouth is when speaking of their oh-so-precious grand kids. Look at it this way:
Let’s assume Homo sapiens became Homo sapiens sapiens 100,000 years ago. Since life was nasty, brutish and short, we’ll figure four generations per century. You and I are one generation, our kids a second-generation, our grand kids a third-generation and our great great grandkids a fourth. So we come up with 40 generations every thousand years, and 4000 generations since we became the smart saps we are.
All we have to do to keep our terrestrial home livable is for us and our kids and grandkids and great grandkids renounce the Pleasure Principle. We reduce fossil fuel burning to a level that brings CO2 under 400 ppm – which means giving up numberless goodies.. For example, we Americans comprise 4.6% of the world population and hog 22% of its energy. No more. We are going to mend our profligate ways. While we huddle in our unheated, darkened homes, ride bikes to work, toss our TV sets on a land fill so that Jon Stewart can’t seduce us, and while living up to our name as sapiens sapiens we forswear the Pleasure Principle. Fortified by the realization we are protecting 4000 generations and that’s just the next hundred thousand years, we work like hell on renewable energy so that a mere two or three generations down the line Homo sapiens sapiens can once more enjoy all those yummy-yummies with which he has so brilliantly enriched human life..
And to show we mean business, or maybe even understand that the 196 million square miles of our planet is a finite number, we will insist every Eve use the pill and every Adam a condom. Now that’s a minor tweak of the Pleasure Principle.