Is there any way to lower carbon emissions to a level necessary to prevent the worst effects of global warming and at the same time increase the standards of living in India, Asia, Africa, and South/Central America to levels close to America and Western Europe?
It is my understanding that to prevent the worst of global warming we have to reduce the current emissions substantially. Is that correct? It is also my understanding that the effects of pumping more carbon into the atomosphere plateau. And that we are already in the bad zone (increasing carbon emissions even more won’t make things that much worse). Is that correct?
If those assumptions are correct, might it not be better to continue to emit lots of carbon and build up economies around the world and trade increased wealth for the poorest people for the effects of global warming?