It will be a Herculean task to change entire economic systems, much more daunting than cutting emissions. Emissions are only part of the problem. We are ignoring all the other impact categories that throw the balance just as much out of whack and we are pretending that emissions are our biggest concern. By choosing this egregiously narrow perspective and cranky approach to the problem, we add another layer of complexity and make the problem essentially unsolvable. Admittedly, decoupling the welfare state from productivity is a bold idea, but it is the right decision to make for the long term.