Friday, July 24, 2015


Great Britain still lecturing the colonies – on climate policy           


Guest essay by Eric Worrall
An aristocratic British member of parliament has decided it is time to lecture the Australian colonies, on what they should be doing about climate change and carbon pricing.
According to MP Richard Benyon;
British Conservatives value climate science and finding market solutions to address the biggest environmental challenge of our era.
Seen from the other side of the world, the stance of Tony Abbott’s government on climate change is incomprehensible.
For a country visibly and increasingly exposed to impacts of climate change, Abbott’s decision to increase climate risks by becoming the first leader in the world to abolish a carbon price mystified many.Abbott appears to be betting Australia’s financial health look increasingly risky investments, with bank after bank refusing to back them and demand from China, the world’s biggest coal-burning nation, falling.

It should be remembered that the minimum IQ requirement for a UK member of parliament is a score of 1 and that this ars@hole just scraped in!

  • We really need to get over the idea that bad ideas are supported by stupid people. For at least a hundred years a very high share of the bad ideas which have achieved popularity have appealed primarily to people of well above average education and intellgence. The world is being screwed up by the intelligent, not the dumb. This is one of the key background realities which we need to absorb as a culture to get better at avoiding both new recurring mistakes.
    • The problem is that they aren’t “bad ideas.” Many of these ideas are great ideas: Let’s get energy from the sun! Hey, you know, that’s a stellar idea (Pun not intended, but fully embraced when realized). It’s cheap, doesn’t cause pollution of any kind (leaning more towards mercury and similar and not CO2), and the reactor itself should last about 5-6 billion years with no maintenance. But the implementation is where it breaks down: the real world in terms of our current, and even in-the-pipeline, technologies means that we can’t appreciably tap this resource without basically eradicating all other life for the footprint of the collectors.