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Why is the climate change debate so often framed in terms of whether or not it's due to human activity?

The reason is that if climate change would not be human-caused, then humans would not be able to prevent it by scaling down their greenhouse gas emissions. The chain of reasoning which is most ...
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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

Culture. In the US denial of climate science has been turned into part of the 'culture wars'. As such it is part of identity of many on the political right to decry global warming as a left-wing ...
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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?

Burning fossil fuels has a negative impact on the environment. This impact is relatively well understood and predictable. Nuclear power may have a negative impact on the environment, both when the ...
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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?

TL;DR: Many green political parties worldwide predate widespread concerns over climate change. A timeline of events is in order: 1988: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is created. ...
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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

The issue used to be popular in '70s. Not only there had been an artificial oil scarcity caused by OPEC cartel but also there had been a famous book The Limits to Growth that were based on best ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?

Big business Politics (of either mainstream party) in the USA is dependent on money from big business. Many of those big businesses prioritise short term profit over long term environmental ...
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Why is the climate change debate so often framed in terms of whether or not it's due to human activity?

As long as we're still debating the nature of the problem, we don't have to actually address it. This is perhaps a cynical view, but I see this as a misdirection: "if you don't like what people ...
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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

These are some of the reasons mentioned by Trump that support the withdrawal from the agreement. 1. It increases energy prices should the US follow through its goals. The United States hopes to reduce ...
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If grid parity has already been reached, why is it so expensive to switch to renewable energy?

You need to consider short term intermittency (the wind not always blowing and the sun being down 50% of the time). That needs to be covered by some form of short term storage, most of which are ...
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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?

I can explain why the Swedish green party Miljöpartiet is against nuclear power. They have lots of arguments against nuclear power, but those which they consider the most important are summarized on ...
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Why is there so much focus on producing less CO₂ rather than investing in technology to recycle it?

Both of your examples use solar energy to convert carbon dioxide into fuel. They are cutting edge, meaning that they haven't yet been engineered into usable systems that people could buy. The proof ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?

Proposed solutions to climate change are (almost?) all based on handing greater power to the government, and Conservatives are traditionally for smaller government. Proposed solutions to climate ...
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Why would Climate activists disrupt public transport?

The stated intention on their website is to bring economic disruption to the capital as part of the ongoing campaign to convince the Government to take meaningful action on the Climate and ...
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Why should nations that stand to benefit from climate change have to contribute to the fight against it?

This quite a good question, considering that it is one often asked by detractors of climate change concerns. Frame shift: Benefits? What benefits? From the POV of Canada, a cold country which is ...
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Why don't politicians push for fossil fuel reduction by pointing out their scarcity?

Because nobody would pay any attention. There are huge amounts of coal left – the World Coal Association says that currently proven reserves amount to 150 years' worth at current levels of ...
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Why don't climate change agreements self-terminate if participants fail to meet their commitments?

As noted in the question, climate negotiations are susceptible to bad actors, and nations might not be willing or able to deliver on the necessary changes to meet their agreed targets. You're ...
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Can Trump undo the UN climate change agreement (Paris Agreement)?

No, Trump cannot undo the UN climate change agreement. All he can do is isolate the USA from participating in it. The USA signed the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016, and became a formal Party to it ...
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What caused the tendency for conservatives to not support climate change regulations?

To give a somewhat glib answer, Fox News. In a 2019 poll, 12% of Republicans who watch Fox News believe in man-made climate change; the percentage among Republicans who don't watch Fox News rises to ...
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Why don't countries welcome high energy prices to fight climate change?

On the long run, maybe. But not on the short run. If gasoline prices are higher for a long time, people buy smaller and more efficient cars. Something like that could be seen if one compares the ...
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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?

(Note: not all Green parties oppose nuclear; see the greens are no longer anti-nuclear in Finland) If we got all our energy from nuclear power, identified resources with extant widely deployed ...
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Why should nations that stand to benefit from climate change have to contribute to the fight against it?

Given this, why is it becoming so "politically correct" for nations in the world to form a joint force to fight global warming? Why should any country be blamed/discriminated for not being ...
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Why is there so much focus on producing less CO₂ rather than investing in technology to recycle it?

tl;dr- Recycling CO2 at the scale that we're producing it's pretty expensive. Sure, we can technically do it, but it'd have to be cheaper than just switching to clean technologies to be worthwhile. ...
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If grid parity has already been reached, why is it so expensive to switch to renewable energy?

tldr: future expenditure to provide clean energy to the world, is very much in line with current expenditure to provide mostly dirty energy to the world. The reason the switch isn't happening fast ...
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Why don't countries welcome high energy prices to fight climate change?

Countries don't want to stop climate change, because their electorates are over-leveraged. You say: the electorate support curbing emissions as long as someone else is paying for it. but even this ...
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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

Bear in mind that Trump is already seeking to terminate Obama's Clean Power Plan, among other environmental initiatives. This makes it unlikely that the US will meet its commitments under the Paris ...
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What are Trump's incentives for withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement?

Remember that the Paris Accords was a non-binding agreement with the US agreeing to do a lot, with other countries doing little, if nothing. That was the chief criticism of it Here’s how the game ...
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Why are green parties so often opposed to nuclear power?

The answer is simple: Green parties are similar to other political parties in that they are not entirely rational. They reflect a certain constituency's and clientele's mindset and interests. Most ...
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Can Trump undo the UN climate change agreement (Paris Agreement)?

Trump has just won the elections. Can he somehow stop the US from participating in the UN COP21 climate change agreement (which was already signed formally by the US)? Yes In order to be binding in ...
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Why would Climate activists disrupt public transport?

Too much hyperbole in reporting might distort the perception of what happened. That was not an "attack" as in the usual sense of "terrorism" but a badly coordinated small and ...
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