Magazine article In These Times

A Hate Letter from Our Grandkids

Magazine article In These Times

A Hate Letter from Our Grandkids

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Eco-sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson is honest: In his new novel, New York 2140, the plots and characters-which include a 22nd-century Tom and Huck hunting for sunken treasure in a flooded NYC-are primarily tools to sell a blistering morality tale about the fate of the planet. The book takes aim at just how poorly equipped a finance-capitalist society is to handle climate change-and just how coldly history may remember us. The First Pulse was a profound shock, as how could it not be, raising sea level by ten feet in ten years.... People stopped burning carbon much faster than they thought they could.... They closed that barn door the very second the horses had gotten out. The four horses, to be exact.

Too late, of course. The global warming initiated before the First Pulse was baked In by then.... So despite "changing everything" and decarbonizing as fast as they should have fifty years earlier, they were still cooked like bugs on a griddle. …

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