Monday, November 24, 2008

And that is why...

Stuart Sharpe picks up on the ice-age story and writes something very sensible.
In my mind the problem with Global Warming is not that we might damage the Earth – the planet has survived far worse. The problem is that human societies and cities have been built in a rather more permanent manner that the ever-changing climate of the planet will allow.

Even if we stop Anthropogenic Climate Change (or, heaven forbid, if it isn’t even happening), Natural Climate Change will eventually present exactly the same problems.

Quite so. Which is why we should, in any case, go for the economic model that allows the human race to build up the maximum amount of wealth so that we can mitigate against such potential catastrophes.

Luckily, there is such a model; it was produced in the IPCC Special Report on Emissions Scenarios, is known as the A1 family and can be summarised thusly:
A1 storyline and scenario family: a future world of very rapid economic growth, global population that peaks in mid-century and declines thereafter, and rapid introduction of new and more efficient technologies.

There is, of course, only one political party which has adopted this particular model and it is, not entirely coincidentally, the party that I helped to found: the UK Libertarian Party.

12 comments:

Letters From A Tory said...

A rapid introduction of new and more efficient technologies? Yer, right. No-one is investing enough in them and no government is seriously pushing this as an agenda.

Devil's Kitchen said...

Not true: what you meant to say is that our government is not investing in them.

Whereas the US government, for instance, is putting considerable amounts of money and resources into new technologies, e.g. Bussard's cold fusion Polywell reactor.

DK

DavidNcl said...

Actually I rather think that we should be delighted no government is investing in them - if we want it to happen that is. Get govt out of the fucking way. Don't you believe in free markets?

Roger Thornhill said...

And don't forget the smug muppet who tried to kayak to the pole cos "the ice had all melted"...not.

100 years ago some jolly chaps got less than 500km from the pole. Mr Lycra only managed to get 1000km away until he was stopped by ice...

Did the BBC cover his departure? Yes. Did the BBC cover his failure? No. Lalalalala

The Filthy Smoker said...

Off topic but Jesus Christ...

"Council staff are said to have spied on the young parents at night as part of a plan to see if they were fit to look after their baby, who was sleeping in another room.

The mother and father were forced to cite the Human Rights Act, which protects the right to a private life, before the social services team backed down and agreed to switch off the surveillance camera while they were in bed together."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/lawandorder/3507238/Social-services-set-up-CCTV-camera-in-couples-bedroom.html

If you've got nothing to hide, you've got nothing to fear.

Anonymous said...

dk i thought that you might be interested in this article. it is basically a way that people who have lots of homes can take the piss out of tax relief on mortgage payments even though it is not allowed for people who only own one home.

it is for investment properties that remortgage and does not even have to be spent on the house. i understand that it might be a way of getting money to businesses by letting them remortgage but it is a loop hole for the rich and gives them a way of protecting their assets in this uncertain time. who has lots of properties? politicians?

http://business.scotsman.com/personal-finance/Tax-Matters-Mortgage-interest-tax.4651051.jp

Roger Thornhill said...

Anon,

The LPUK will end income tax. Ergo EVERYONE will have tax free interest AND CAPITAL repayments.

The best way to remove loop-holes is to remove the loops. You will never close all the holes.

Anonymous said...

Mr Devil,
this fellow was a chum of Shelley. We won't be around to see it but it is one helluva vision.

Richard



Horace Smith (1779-1849)

Ozymandias.

IN Egypt's sandy silence, all alone,
Stands a gigantic Leg, which far off throws
The only shadow that the Desart knows:—
"I am great OZYMANDIAS," saith the stone,
"The King of Kings; this mighty City shows
"The wonders of my hand."— The City's gone,—
Nought but the Leg remaining to disclose
The site of this forgotten Babylon.

We wonder,—and some Hunter may express
Wonder like ours, when thro' the wilderness
Where London stood, holding the Wolf in chace,
He meets some fragment huge, and stops to guess
What powerful but unrecorded race
Once dwelt in that annihilated place.

Anonymous said...

Apparently Darling is going to resign tomorrow morning just before the budget. Rumour on politicalbetting.com

Anonymous said...

i know it is not the subject read this article about teaching five year olds about how to name sexual organs.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1085827/Ministers-force-compulsory-sex-education-year-olds-asking-parents.html

the laws they are trying to pass in the current economic environment with out people knowing.

Stan said...

Unfortunately, climate has very little respect for human endeavour or technology. Eventually there will be a new ice age and most of what we call Britain will once again be under 40 feet or more of solid ice.

cookie said...

Stan:

Wasn't that rather the point of the post?