Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Brian Fallow on Climate Change policies

here.
BF is doing a good job at trying to keep things in perspective. I'm still sceptical of the economics not justifying any action 'because it could cost the world billions' (feel free to place little finger on corner of mouth).
i don't know about you but i think there's a few hundred billion being squandered on all sorts of stupid things (i won't even mention the trillions wasted on stupid wars). a slight bit of pressure or emphasis on climate science and energy research within the budgets already in existence is a tangible and proportional response. the fact that 10 years has slipped past is bringing home the cost of inaction - every year delayed in some sort of response means that it needs to be a little bigger when you do actually get around to it.
also, never forget who pays the majority of the bills when it comes to climate research - that schizophrenic society we all have a love/hate relationship with, the US.
oh yeah - if you need some canarys-in-mine to see if your govt is actually doing anything, look for: banning the incandescent lightbulb (or taxing), mandating fuel mileage increases (or taxing) for cars, updating insulation/building practices on new home builds and increasing the % of zero-carbon for your electricity network.

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