1000 years are like a day

A thousand years of humanity are like one day in the history of our universe. There are good reasons why revolutionary changes are being demanded by politicians and activists at the expense of economics and technology.

However, this position fails to recognize that “revolution” can only be financed through efficient economic performance.

We are working against the clock to preserve the future of our children. We follow our savior complex and enthusiastically destroy those resources that we desperately need to fund that future.

Public transport, especially the German rail system, needs to be restructured. Its rehabilitation, if ever it were to take place, will undoubtedly take 10 to 20 years and require funding in the double-digit billions.

The nationwide competitive expansion of the high-speed data network is another billion-dollar undertaking.

Our current political climate undeniably demonstrates once again that the belief in the peaceful coexistence of nations is but a dream. It will therefore take a billion dollar effort to bring the united forces back into a powerful organization. Building a long-term sustainable energy supply based on competing technologies that is not significantly dependent on other nations will similarly take decades and billions.

Sustainable access to resources such as lithium is rudimentary at best, as are systems for reprocessing materials such as plastics of all kinds. The plastic recycling industry is perhaps one of the biggest scams in the western world, with tons of plastic waste simply shipped off to others to house our waste – out of sight, out of mind. And again, funding the technologies to actually tackle these issues requires vast financial resources and technological excellence to get these fundamental issues on the right track.

Revolution” can only be financed by effective economic performance

One of humanity’s most pressing problems is absolute population growth. The world’s population has almost quintupled since 1900, from 1.6 billion to 7.8 billion. This means that around seven billion people who do not live in the central countries of the EU or North America are fighting for a higher standard of living, including access to mobility, and are entitled to it. . So where does the money come from to finance the improvement of living conditions?

Sado Mané, Bayern Munich footballer and former Liverpool FC player, has an “adequate” weekly salary. He doesn’t just put it in the bank, he finances the future of his native village. This includes a hospital, a school, a gas station, a tablet for all children, a 5G network and €70 per month for each family. But that’s 2,000 people out of seven billion, and their access to funding is only guaranteed by their sporting performance, a far cry from economic stability.

Germany and the EU are working hard to save the world in 15 years. Fifteen years is nothing in the history of the world. But with current actions, we are doing nothing less than destroying a functioning economy in the hope that it will become a short-term money-printing machine. It is a pipe dream and its inevitable failure will go unclaimed.

Hasty measures such as the immediate shutdown of nuclear reactors or coal-fired power plants without a long-term alternative lead to chaos. The desired end of the combustion engine will have similar effects.

The consequences of such rash decisions are many, leaving those already struggling to finance their lives from paycheck to paycheck to suffer from an exponential cost of living.

We can no longer afford mistakes such as dependence on Russian energy and Nord Stream 2.

The global model is multi-layered and complicated; one-dimensional approaches will not lead to success. They need an economy that works and generates financial resources.

A plummeting economy, triggered by partisan political power games and ego trips, and driven by singular subsidies, is counterproductive. It needs multiple competing technologies to get the best results.

We need to take a holistic and comprehensive approach to problem solving. We need long-term political leadership, creativity and a steady flow of money resulting from exceptional economic performance.

Everything takes time! It takes us maybe 20, 30 or 50 years to develop the systems, harmonize them and install them globally. In the grand scheme of earth’s history, it is only a matter of seconds.

In our efforts, we must prioritize steps that will be globally effective. We can no longer afford mistakes like reliance on Russian energy and Nord Stream 2, for which, unsurprisingly, no one takes responsibility. The world will not end then. It has survived wars, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, drought, famine and pandemics.

In concrete terms, this means providing affordable and sufficient energy in the short and long term. This means reducing dependencies. And in the example of mobility, it means having a global vision of the world.

From planes to ships, working machines, trains, buses, trucks, cars and motorcycles, we cannot simply determine a local “end” of the combustion engine, which is nothing more than a one-dimensional decision indicating the intellectual level of politics. .

Forcing the economy to death is the worst thing that can happen to the environment. We need to take a moment to put aside the obligation to haphazardly protect the environment at the expense of the economy, and accept the fact that this moment of reflection is just a stain in the history of our earth, and it’s time well spent creating a well-functioning economy that is actually the way to protect our environment in the long term.

Ulrich Bez is a former CEO and Chairman of British luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin (2000-2014), former Technical Director of Porsche, Managing Director of BMW Technik and Chairman, Vice President Engineering of Daewoo.

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