Esquire tries to provide sympathy for the climate scientists wondering why nobody listens to their warnings.
Among climate activists, gloom is building. Jim Driscoll of the National Institute for Peer Support just finished a study of a group of longtime activists whose most frequently reported feeling was sadness, followed by fear and anger. Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing psychiatrist and graduate of Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth slide-show training, calls this "pretraumatic" stress. "So many of us are exhibiting all the signs and symptoms of posttraumatic disorder—the anger, the panic, the obsessive intrusive thoughts."
They might be right about the future.
Billions of dollars would be needed, and billions inconvenienced for possible benefit.
But if they are wrong?
Billions of dollars wasted.
Other priorities shortchanged.
It's hard having stress.
Would they prefer billions panic instead?