PEOPLE GET READY is apparently the title of a new book by John Nichols? And I imagine, in due course, that that author/speaker will be a guest on Thom's show. Elsewhere on the internet (via The Hartmann Report] a recent article there states, "In the past, rapid increases in greenhouse gases have been associated with mass extinctions." In other words; This time man has in effect [again] taken something good (i.e., Earth's ecosystems) and is literally killing it.
In summation, along with my other like pedestrian/impressionistic offerings, what I concluded is that after the past century or so of soaring upwards by billions (in apparently a perfectly parabolic ascent) total global human populaltion could reverse in an equally (pick your adjective) dramatic, frightening, catstrophic, horrific, unimaginable, biblical, "whoosh!" collapse, resulting in a net population reduction in the multi-billions, bottoming-out (just guessing, of course) by around 2175 at 4 to 5 billion, down from the current population level of +7 billion.
LOOSE TRANSLATION: In relation to past/historical events; Things could get really ugly. And, by the way, here in the U.S. the formulation/mechanisms for how those rapid reductions in [human/animal] populations could occur (as Thom describes almost daily) is seemingly relatively obvious:
>> Manufacturing base (i.e., jobs) shipped overseas,
>> The robotics/automation revolution
>> Easy availablilty to average citizens (i.e., weak regulation) weapons-of-war
>> Government policies (driven by BIG pharma $$$ agenda) pumps lots of (like 'crazy making') prescription drugs into the mix.
>> Dumbed-down public education curriculum...(e.g., "Everybody should just study your Koran ...er... uh, I mean, your Bible.")
>> GMO's (...if that is in fact a thing)
>> 'K Street' and D/C think tanks work like tirelessly to manipulate Federal & State governments with goal of undermining peoples faith in government policies/institutions.
>> Surveillance state 'collared' mainstream news/entertainment, plus 'social' media; Yes, sorry folks, but long ago [circa 2012] they apparently, of course, got 'zuckonit.com' (i.e., facebook) to roll over too.
>> Public/private debt ratio imbalances (In other words, are there any assets left on the planet that Wall Street hasn't leveraged-up?
>> Financial derivatives liabilities (see, 'Crash of 2016')
So I contend here that if [hypothetically] a 'President HRC', along with Democrats in Congress (co-lead by 'Bernie') want to be most effective at governing, then they should focus on triage.
Although granted non-nuclear, just in my lifetime there have many destructive wars, not only in effect on the natural environment, but (as Thom often describes) also on middle/working class American's. And (arguably, needlessly) on Iraq, and Vietnam, back to CIA engineered 50's coup in Iran, etc..
So regarding where Democrats devote any newly won political capital; Subsidizing renewable energy, okay. But, another like classic Washington head-fake of [over] promising to 'reverse' global warming? Again, after the moon landing program, yeah concievably in JFK's 2nd term (or a following RFK administration) a next BIG idea, i.e., meaningfully slowing of global-warming might have been a more attainable (verses now, tragically unrealistic) federal government policy objective.
Instead, facing serious/consequencial risk from climate-change, that science (and seemingly Hollywood too) confirms is happening here/now, a President HRC along with Democrats in Congress could/should focus on providing effective triage for human's (imagine current Syrian refugee crisis x100), and of course where practical, triage for endangered species, ocean habitats, etc.
FOOTNOTE: Triage here exampled by contrast between promising a messianic-style salavation for all (think Obama for prez' 2008) verses, in more practical terms, programs that provide meaningful relief to a larger segment of the population than (for example) TARP program beneficiaries, i.e., the ultra-wealthy/powerful/connected global elites.
BOTTOM LINE cautionary advice for HRC & Bernie: Yes, a l.ot of people may be desperate, but careful about OVER PROMISING, especially when Democrat's (working together) could, it seems, effect [legislative/regulatory] actions that make things better for their constituents.