"[W]hite western women" are not "the most privileged creatures on this planet", as things like wage disparity, sexual abuse, access to healthcare (including abortion), and attitudes like yours point out. It's astounding that you can write that and expect to be taken seriously, when the chip on your shoulder is casting a shadow over your entire post.
Get a grip.
Or simply send round the "Welcome to the Global Climate Conspiracy!" email that you seem to think everyone gets, and instantly name your prize.
If the conspiracy exists, it takes just one scientist to blow it open and receive riches beyond their wildest dreams, guaranteeing their research for the rest of their life.
Have you noticed you can't argue with the science, so you are now arguing against the scientists? You sound desperate, childish, and really pathetic.
All it takes is one scientist to demonstrate this alleged "groupthink" and they've instantly won a Nobel prize or two, and guaranteed funding for whatever they want to work on for the rest of their life. I know it's convenient to assume there is some plot when science points to your closely-held beliefs being nonsense, but that is verging on the pathetic.
We know how much CO2 human industry is releasing. We know how much CO2 is being released naturally. We know how much CO2 is being absorbed. We know that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. The sums are really not that difficult. The complicated part is knowing how the world is dealing with the increased temperatures, which also well understood.
Future generations will look back upon attitudes like yours with confusion and shame.
So you see no difference between someone who is simply driving from point A to point B regardless of whether someone comes with them asking if someone wants a ride and taking them along asking only for petrol money, and someone who waits to be asked to drive from point A to point B, and will do the same many times a day, in order to make money as their job?
The pound of flesh is hardly that - it costs a few hundred Euros to get a license, and guarantees that everyone who drives a taxi is up to it. Ride sharing is clearly something completely different.
Your argument sounds absolutely pathetic, and you sound incredibly whiny complaining about it all the time. It's actually quite funny reading about you wanting everything to suck so people have lots of choice of things that suck...
So people should be able to practice medicine or law without a license, then, as that's denying people choice? You are really stretching your point here...
The laws governing the taxi service in Berlin (which the city seems very happy with - I've taken a bunch and they're great, just as in other parts of Germany) has nothing to do with profit, but of providing a service of a set quality for the public. Weird, I know.
The basic & public transport tests are much harder than in the US. The personal license test includes basic medical training, for instance.
The public transport license tests go above and beyond a private license test, as they need to be as good as you can possibly get, as they drive many more people around than just themselves, and those people need guarantees of the ability of the driver.
There's nothing to be smug about, just sad that the US's taxi drivers (and private drivers) have no guarantee of ability, leading to the insane amount of deaths on US roads. That's just tragic for everyone, regardless of where you live. You sound a bit defensive...