As well as being a pain in the arse for the people of Edinburgh and endangering people's lives, one of the punchy slogans on view at yesterday's climate chaos protests was 'RBS funds & profits from climate chaos'. Of course, none of the protesters benefit from 'climate chaos', eh? Most of them sounded like they came from England, I suppose they all got to Edinburgh by yoghurt-powered scooter?
always open to new evidence on climate change but I generally lean
towards the view that it is happening and carbon emissions are a big
factor. In my early days tweeting I was told because I believed this I
wasn't a 'true' libertarian, but I don't see how having a particular
political view of the world should cloud your view of scientific
evidence. Of course green socialists are also guilty of this, climate
change provides a great opportunity for more state control of the
economy and our lives, so will seize upon any single weather event as
proof of climate armageddon. Meanwhile, it seems more convenient for
libertarians to refute any evidence of warming (and there is plenty,
honest!) rather than face the more difficult task of providing solutions
to the problem that don't involve nationalising the economy!
it is nearly always people, and not governments, that improve the
world, so we shouldn't just see this as a left-wing issue. We should
start by asking the question - do we need to do anything at all? There
is already a certain amount of warming built in, and the consequences
certainly won't all be negative. Areas previously too cold for large
population settlements would become more inhabitable and fertile for
agriculture. Also, there really is no substitute for oil, and the
consequences of de-carbonising economies would be catastrophic for
living standards and people's lives. It's not really surprising that the
'caring' left seek to deny emerging countries the opportunities we have
had in industrialised nations. There are possible solutions such as
geo-engineering that I think we should do more research into, rather
than trying to hold back the tide of human advancement.
just change to a low-carbon economy by the flick of a switch, and the
costs of this never seem to be taken into account. You would certainly
never see this on the greenies' flippant banners.