Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Musings on Global Warming

Had little chat about this online, and Mat said a very common defense used by supporters of global warming:
There is general consensus among the scientific community that human activity is at least partially responsible for climate change. However, assuming we don't know for sure, isn't it better to take action now? If we are to blame, our action will abate climate change. If it is just natural fluctuations, we're not really losing anything.
Yes we are losing something... billions and billions of dollars, pushing ourselves even faster into 3rd world status. Do you really want to risk that?

You can't just say "assuming we don't know for sure, isn't it better to take action now?"

I've heard grass could damage the environment... some people regard certain types of grass as a weed!

Now of course we are not quite sure which are causing damage, or even if damage is really being done but isn't it better to take action now?

From now on I declare that NZ shall be grass-free!

I understand some people will moan and complain about that, as apparently they think grass is needed for their business?!

So for them I've came up with the GTS (Grass Trading Scheme), it is all very complex involving grass credits and research funding for grass substitutes but a rough rule of thumb is you can expect to pay a yearly tax of NZ$1 per blade of grass.

Thanks folks, and think of the good for the planet Earth!

2 comments:

myfanwy said...

"Yes we are losing something... billions and billions of dollars, pushing ourselves even faster into 3rd world status. Do you really want to risk that?"
The 'we' of this statement is not average people. Climate change is a result of capitalism, which is a fantastic device for making a small number of people very rich, a cost born by everyone else. To limit climate change, we limit the ability of that small number of people to get rich. To put it another way: wealth is not created, it's merely pushed around. The policies and economic systems that result in climate change also result in the centralisation of money and power in the hands of the few. So, no: by limiting climate change 'we' (you, me, other average working people) do gain.

writingright said...

"wealth is not created, it's merely pushed around"

No, you are wrong. Capitalism is not a zero sum game.