Action, please, not more hot air

 
 
Me, I can’t see an ’emissions peak’ happening at all, ever. Even if the politicians at Copenhagen do come to some ‘agreement,’ it will be the usual appeasement statement. Our political leaders have proven time and time again that there’s only one thing at which they excel, and that’s promising a thing and then spectacularly failing to deliver it.
 
Actions speak louder than words. Instead of sound bites such as ‘cap and trade’ and throwing around percentage ‘cuts’ that are totally meaningless because the baseline shifts in standard politicese so as to make the numbers sound good, we need to hear firm commitments on solid action from our ‘leaders.’ Some examples that spring to mind are commitments to:
 
  • invest massively in new sustainable energy technology such as solar, wind, wave, tidal
  • halt the destruction of the rainforests (and allocate land for reforestation)
  • remove the tax-free status of aviation fuel
  • develop truly useful public mass-transit systems

Other suggestions welcome…

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About pendantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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2 Responses to Action, please, not more hot air

  1. Nigel says:

    Does this mean I cannot fart?

  2. Colin says:

    Good question, Nig! I may be wrong, but I believe that farting is an unavoidable byproduct of the human condition. No doubt those who hold to the idea that humanity\’s smarts will provide solutions to all our ills (and therefore we need not worry about climate change just now) will eventually, probably in collaboration with Big Pharma, come up with an anti-farting pill. I suspect that it might be better for the environment if you were to light your farts: my chemistry knowledge is sadly lacking, but I think that burning off the methane (which I\’m sure you know is a powerful greenhouse gas) in your personal emissions would be a Good Thing. It would perhaps add a little light humour in these doom-and-gloom-laden times if we could encourage fart-lighting as acceptable behaviour?In the meantime, if your farts are as potent as I recall them being, I\’m just glad you\’re currently nowhere near me 🙂

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