Steven, your first-world viewpoint is an interesting one. You claim the issue "we" face is not one of survival, when 150,000 deaths annually are already attributable to the effects of climate change. You bemoan possible effects on sunbathing and skiing, activities which are unknown to all but a tiny percentage of the planet's occupants. You attempt to enlist the IPCC in support of your view that
What the media reports fail to mention is that deliberately slowing down the rate of economic growth to avert climate change could have similar, if not greater, negative health, displacement and other violent impacts.
by quoting a section of the report which never acknowledges that point. And ultimately, you put your faith in free-market capitalism to clean up after itself - blissfully indifferent to the fact it would be the first time in history that's actually happened.
The theory that all of the Earth's inhabitants are faced with an immense environmental tragedy, with ramifications on a geologic time scale, is supported by 97% of the world's science community. If you choose to join the outlier 3% who don't, that's certainly your prerogative. But the notion that
They [1,729 expert and government reviewers] know they cannot predict the future. No one can.
is nonsense. The future is predicted in countless ways and disciplines every day, with varying degrees of accuracy, and doing so is invaluable. This is especially true with climate change, given the lead time required for any prescriptive changes to bear fruit.
It's unfortunate you make your readers wait to the end of your article for this ridiculous pronouncement; leading with it might warn them of the ideological trash which follows.