By Mr E Olsen
Prior to the advent of fossil fueled industrialization in the 19th century, 90+% of Germans lived on the modern equivalent of less than $2 per day that is today the cutoff used to define severe poverty.
Bismarck enacted the world’s first state pension system with a retirement age set at 65 because life expectancy was around 40 and only about 2% of the population lived past 65. One room hovels that most called home typically did not have glass in windows, running water, or anything but dirt for flooring to house a family that might consist of 1 surviving parent and 10+ hungry/filthy children – half or more of whom would not survive into adulthood. Cooking (mostly organic porridge/gruel) and heat was provided by bio-fuels (i.e. wood and dried animal dung), while light other than the sunshine filtering through the glassless windows and cracks in the walls and ceiling was provided by candles (expensive so when darkness fell it was bed-time on a flea infested straw/rag “mattress” with family members huddled closely together to share bodily warmth).
Travel was extremely expensive and dangerous, so most people spent their entire lives within a radius comprised of a day’s walking distance from where they were born. During droughts, floods, blizzards, heat waves and other “climate changes” people died in droves because there was no ability to haul in needed food, water, or other aid from areas less effected, nor any surpluses to haul in because subsistence farming on overworked unfertile land meant nearly everyone barely had enough to survive even in ideal climate conditions.
So would the German courts please explain how fossil fuels that have brought us from the existence described in the previous paragraph to the current state have damaged their “right to life and physical integrity”?
Comment by KK
As you point out, Mr. E, fossil fuels have been a blessing, but one should never discount the ability of people to focus on a narrow swath of observations to come to their preferred conclusion. There is very little evidence but lots of bias.
How to get them to see their own cognitive flaws; that’s the issue.
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