David Roberts @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Apr. 15, 2019 1 min read

Reactionary nationalists in Finland using climate policy as a cudgel in the culture war, telling rural men that urban elites are betraying them.  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/world/europe/finland-populism-immigration-climate-change.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage 

I wanted to say one more thing about this story ☝️. There's a kind of pretense in US policy circles that's it's just a historical accident that climate policy has been tagged as "liberal" -- the left just got there first. Conservatives can easily come up with their own version.

It might be nice to think so, but I don't think it's true. Climate is inherently a global problem. Solving it will require an extraordinary level of non-zero-sum cooperation (and thus TRUST) across national lines. In other words, it requires a cosmopolitan approach.

Any call to trust, or make sacrifices for, a supra-national collective (in this case, humanity) is going to rub nationalists - indeed, every variety of tribalist - the wrong way. The tension is not contingent, a historical accident, it's inherent to the structure of the problem.


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