Friday, December 14, 2007

Bali-hoo

Bali talks end in acrimony. What a surprise. Asking the "wealthy" countries to reduce CO2 emissions by 45% while China and India are exempt is a recipe for disaster.
If climate change is happening then the way "to do something about it" is not to impoverish ourselves to reduce it's impact. CO2 is linked to energy use, which is linked to the wealth of our countries. If we were all a whole lot poorer then our CO2 emissions would probably drop but I'm not sure I want that. A much more realistic approach is to mitigate climate change "catastrophes" when they happen. As I like to remind people - if Bangladesh were a rich country, they would be able to build dikes and levies against rising sea levels (if they are rising).

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