Hate him or love him, Ezra keeps it real it on climate change:
I touched on this in my conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, but I’m a climate pessimist. I don’t believe the United States — or the world — will do nearly enough, nearly fast enough, to hold the rise in temperatures to safe levels. I think we’re fucked. Or, at the least, I think our grandchildren are fucked.
“We don’t know who struck first, us or them, but we know that it was us that scorched the sky,” says Morpheus. “At the time, they were dependent on solar power and it was believed that they would be unable to survive without an energy source as abundant as the sun.”
I think of that speech from The Matrix every time I hear people talk about blasting sulfates into the atmosphere to combat the consequences of global warming. It is easy to imagine a future in which the effects of climate change are considered the horrifying prelude to whatever insane thing we tried to do to reverse climate change.