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"Except the opponent isn't physics."

Correct.
Physics, science is a tool to understand the world around us.
Physics helps to explain or give best hypothesis for how the physical world around us works, reacts, and interacts with our actions.

To correct course, to alter our actions to avoid "fouling our own nest" is a political problem, a problem of political and social willpower to alter course.

To enforce the political, social, and moral will of the majority requires winning politically and that means getting the best candidate elected, not the perfect one.

Democracy is "messy" and entails some level of "horse trading" to actually get progress; it also entails the public to be actively engaged and vocal about change since most politicians do not lead from the front, they follow the public demand from safe cover.

Something we also need to remember is that Democracy will create great wealth and gerat wealth will work to destroy Democracy....i.e. wealth will generally work against any change to a system that created their wealth and we are talking very large social, economic, and political changes here so there are wealthy entrenched groups fighting tooth and nail to stop change.

The short sighted human nature to avoid change can though in this case lead us all over the cliff to death so the stakes are very high. I would recommend a quite interesting and in ways depressing book titled "The Ends of the World by Peter Brannen". This book walks us through what science has found, by reading the "tea leaves of geology", about the prior great extinction events....sadly, frighteningly, they all seem to have been tied up with massive release of CO2. We may be all doomed in the end (geologically speaking), yet we should not stop our efforts to avoid mutual suicide through Human Caused Rapid Climate Change.

We have a shortage of political willpower (and power) at the moment, not a money (human invention to count favors) or science knowledge problem.

md (not a MD or Phd yet I can read the tea leaves quite well)
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