Curtis: Do extreme weather phenomena like Hurricane Sandy help or hinder a productive conversation about climate change?
- Curtis: Will the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations progress in the coming months?
- Curtis: What regional and/or international challenges are most pressing for the governments of Canada, Mexico, and the United States, respectively?
- Curtis: Are criticisms of the preliminary nuclear accord with Iran prescient or paranoid?
On balance, and if not overdone, extreme weather events will raise the public’s questioning of the status quo and in due course, with a trigger and timing that we cannot yet determine, will lead to demands for action on the part of public authorities. This call for action, and subsequent policy steps (carbon taxes, border adjustment taxes, quotas, cap-and-trade, etc.) will likely occur within a decade….populations under 40 years old now will be receptive and will comprise the bulk of the active population within that time frame.