Apparently, changes to our climate is a very bad thing, because these folks - grasping, utterly self-serving people who hang onto vast fortunes for absolutely no good reason at all - are telling us that it's all going to cost a lot of money in the long run. I find this kind of perspective to be reprehensible and utterly unacceptable. Where have these people been when the scientifically supported forecasts for ecological damage (if not utter disaster) were being rubbished by the likes of the American government? Nowhere, apparently - and very probably because there was still a quick buck to be made and held on to.
The nature of the changes that our planet faces have been well documented by the scientific community - and frankly if you're not aware of what is coming down the road as a result of a total lack of political will to reign in the activities of huge business corporations, where the hell have you been for the last few years - and to suddenly have a group such as this trying to climb on board the train is faintly ridiculous. Especially when their perspective is all about money, the thing which apparently makes them important and somehow 'wise'.
Let's pause a minute to understand what type of people the world's billionaires have to be. The overriding quality they must all possess is selfishness, from which comes that hugely hyped thing: 'focus', or if you prefer; single-mindedness, or perhaps determination. basically, they all want to make as much money as possible as fast as possible. Once they make obscene amounts, what do they do with it? They keep it, for themselves, otherwise they don't become billionaires (they might have to struggle along with just a few hundred million). That money is locked up in their personal fortunes, whether it be in liquid assets or otherwise - but let's remember; all assets can be realised/liquidated. Keeping hold of stuff is a power trip, an addiction, a statement about who has the most power.
Fortunes are about power, not about altruism, not about philanthropy, not about sharing or the greater good. Fortunes are selfish by their very nature, and the bigger the fortune, the more greedy and grasping are the people who own them. To hear such people talk about the economic impacts of climate change sickens me and offends me. These are the kind of people who drive and promote the more-money-at-all-costs kind of economy that capitalism seems intent upon allowing or fostering without any checks or balances. It's the kind of thinking that is directly responsible for the rape of our landscapes, the abuse of our resources and the poisoning of the planet, while at the same time restricting the advances of green technologies.
This thought depresses me, but I'm afraid that the game may have already been won and lost. The rich are in control and will be for the foreseeable future. The planet is in their hands while they speak with forked tongues and placate the masses through their political puppets. All the time, the gap between the world's richest and the poorest is growing (in both directions), and one day the rich will be able to rule openly (i.e., not hiding behind 'elected' governments) and with impunity. I wish that there was actually a God (but of course, there isn't), because that might be the only direction in which to turn when the hyper-rich decide to run the globe as a business, and therefore only regard each of us as small economic units of varying worth.
In business there is no genuine room for altruism, no room for charity (at the moment it makes business sense to be charitable, but only if you very loudly tell people about it so that they can then be more likely to buy your product or service) and no room for anything which gets in the way of making more money for the people at the very top of the pile.
So, Mr. Bloomberg and your cronies, if you want to really impress me (and I'm sure that you wouldn't actually give two hoots about whatever happens in my life), give your money away by supporting green technologies, especially around energy production and sustainable economic planning. Give it away, and become human beings.