Who started the industrial revolution?

To Chris Huhne

Subject Don’t rip up the rules on climate

Great Britain is directly responsible for the mess our planet is in because we instigated the industrial revolution. It is our duty to take the lead in correcting the problem. Those who come after will not accept any excuses.

The IEA has announced that we have a vanishingly small window in which to make an effective reduction to global pollution and minimise the risk of catastrophic climate change. I personally believe that it may already be too late; but that is no reason to give up.

Please make sure that, at the very least, you commit the UK to tackling dangerous climate change by signing up to climate rules in the Kyoto Protocol again at the talks in Durban.

Thank you for listening.

It took me just a few minutes to email Chris Huhne, the UK Secretary of State for Energy and Climate, urging him to sign up to international climate rules to help stop dangerous climate change. If you’re in the UK, I urge you to do likewise; it is, quite simply, our responsibility.

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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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10 Responses to Who started the industrial revolution?

  1. VGP-BPS2 says:

    newsnight if British Gas are going to be transparent with their price tariff I do hope that Chris Huhne won’t try and explain it.

    • pendantry says:

      While I’m not entirely sure what it is you’re saying, the idea that it’s in the interest of any business to make their price tariff ‘transparent’ is a crock, pure and simple. The main purpose behind any pricing strategy is to persuade the potential buyer that he or she is getting a better deal than is actually on offer.

    • pendantry says:

      It’s looking more and more likely. The politicians spinelessly defer the hard decisions to a later date, to a time when someone else will hold the reins, while spouting plausible-sounding spin to keep the uninformed in line. Spin that’s no doubt fed to them by the corporate lobbyists. The argument that ‘the market will deal with the problem’ is just more Koch & Co. free-market fanatic FUD. Self-regulation has been proven not to be effective, time and time again. I think the only way we could possibly make any real headway is if we were able to pull the corporations’ teeth; but even if they didn’t already hold all the cards, there’s simply not enough time. We might still have been able to crawl out of the pot if we’d listened to what the science was telling us thirty years ago.

  2. Emily says:

    u people dont know enythinggggg Ha <(")

  3. Kate says:

    Who started the industrial revolution?
    Please answer this someone!

    • pendantry says:

      Might I suggest this link: Wikipedia article on the industrial revolution. Yes, I appreciate both that winners write history and that Wikipedia can never be considered authoritative:

      The Industrial Revolution was the transition to new manufacturing processes in the period from about 1760 to sometime between 1820 and 1840. […] [It] began in Great Britain and within a few decades spread to Western Europe and the United States.

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