22 Aug 2008
I have scanned the web page you posted, and have found yet another voice on the internet quoting yet another evidently eminent scientists saying that we should not look to develop a low carbon economy.
My thoughts are these:
- Articles like these are frequently referenced in arguments to justify reducing / eliminating investment in low carbon solutions. This article debates the effect of carbon on the environment. Should we not focus on energy security and the benefits to global economies of utilising more efficient technologies, sustainable technologies or low carbon based technologies.
- Web sites like these dedicated to no cause other than to rubbish any movement towards a low carbon economy make me wonder why people spend what can only be a significant proportion of their day researching these well articulated articles. How do they financially support their existence? Some might say they have an agenda of their own.
- In conclusion i see this article as yet another distraction from the key objective of removing / reducing the use of fuels which have a finite life and subsequently an ever increasing cost, a damaging effect on our environment when spilt or released in an uncontrolled way, or used as reasons for political unrest.
22 Aug 2008
You miss my point, I’m not suggesting not going for a low carbon economy, just stressing that “Global Warming” has become a religion with many unsubstantiated claims being made. We should reduce our reliance on oil/gas, for economic & political reasons at least, which are the aspects I would like to see being emphasized rather than the simplistic “rise in CO2 equals Armageddon!” To delay doing anything to replace our aging power Stns is criminal. Pushing incredibly expensive wind farms needing standby conventional power stations is irrational. If Fuel Cells have a role in this would be great. If it is an economic solution, why is not at least one politician or pressure group shouting from the rooftops by now. Personally I would be building nuclear (low carbon), plus a few coal stations with some form of emissions clean-up. What ever MUST be started now. When the lights flicker like some third world country will be too late. This is going to happen unless construction starts NOW!
Wow, got that off my chest.
27 Aug 2008
I use the Gristmill blog as my key point of reference with climate change scepticism. They’re fair and seem very well-informed.
All of Duncan’s points are right: we need a low carbon economy irrespective of climate change. For specific responses to Stott, just search for 'Stott' on the Gristmill site and for general responses to sceptics:
Hope those are useful.
21 Jun 2009
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