In the field of environmentalism, one of the most important concepts is “sustainability”. Coined in the 1970s, the term means that the resource-intensive needs of today’s economic growth must not compromise the needs of future generations. Over the decades, slow but steady progress has been made in sustainability in areas such as fishing, forestry, agriculture and, more recently, reducing carbon pollution from fossil fuels.
Ironically, the greatest threat to this progress, particularly in the critical climate arena, does not come from emerging mega-emitters such as China and India, although they certainly play a role. It stems from the energy and climate initiatives promoted by the Biden White House, which are themselves unsustainable — so aggressive and overly optimistic that they risk a backlash that will set back the cause of environmental sustainability for generations. To avoid this, the administration must move to a more pragmatic set of policies. Encouraging more natural gas production and a lunar approach to fusion energy would encourage America to lead the world into a green future.