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停止为气候灾害承保

佛蒙特州雷普顿——上个月,英国从工业革命开始以来,第一次整整一天都没有产生煤电需求。这是个了不起的消息——它是未来的标志,因为开启人类长达几个世纪与黑色矿石漫长罗曼史的国家现在正在向前迈进。

就像电子邮件取代传真和煤油取代鲸鱼油一样,煤炭也会被更新形式的清洁能源所取代。而且这种过渡正在加速成真,如果强大而万能的保险业能够起到其应有的作用——也许这种变化的速度至少足以让我们延缓气候变化的脚步。

通过承保工业社会发展和推动工业发展的煤炭,保险业对工业革命起到了至关重要、但却往往被人忽视的作用。亨利·福特曾注视着纽约的天际线感叹:“只有保险公司才能让这一切成为可能。如果没有保险,就没有摩天大楼。没有哪个投资者会出资修建一根烟头就能烧成一片废墟的建筑物。”

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