The Climate Virus.

The Climate Virus.

March 14 2020

As CAPM 2.0 goes to press this week, the COVID-19 virus is wreaking havoc all across the world. 137,000 infected, scores dead in Italy and China.

China’s lock-down prompted a massive drop in oil demand in the region, causing global market chaos as the Saudis and the Russians fight over who will cut production. This led to the largest drop in oil prices in 30 years, leaving US shale producers and both the Russian and Saudi government budgets underwater. Volatility returned to the stock market, ending the longest bull market in US history.

After bird flu (2016), Ebola (2013), MERS (2012), swine flu (2009), and SARS (2003), one would think we’d be better prepared for a worldwide virus outbreak. But we are not because collective action against an uncertain hazard is hard. It requires courage, resolve and persistent follow through. It requires listening to scientists and researchers and spending large amounts of money on things we may not think we need this year or next.

To stop climate change, this type of collective action is needed now. The evidence of global temperature rise, warming oceans, shrinking ice sheets, glacial retreats, and extreme weather events has not been enough to spur us into action.

In Issue 1 of CAPM 2.0, we listed statements by the leaders of Blackrock, Blackstone, Microsoft, and Jim Cramer of CNBC that global warming is real and will change life on the planet without collective action now. As with the virus outbreak, the longer we delay our response to climate change, the more severe the impact, which will require more draconian countermeasures.

February 14 2022

In the 1995 movie, Waterworld, the whole world is under water. But what’s actually happening with sea levels, who’s in danger, what will the costs really be? We dive in and separate an ocean of fiction from the facts.

October 9 2020

When Washington fails to act on climate, the states need to take matters into their own hands. It’s not politics, it’s economic necessity and good business. In MEMO 28 we examine the greatest example of this phenomenon: California.

January 13 2022

Surprisingly, the city previously known as the ‘Oil and Gas Capital of the World’, now powers 100% of its municipal operations on something other than oil and gas.