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Good news on the climate front

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The green fanatics have been running the debate for decades now so perhaps it is time to hear
some scientific basis for their intrusive and reactionary measures.

Claude Allegre, one of France’s leading socialists and among her most
celebrated scientists, was among the first to sound the alarm about the
dangers of global warming.
To his surprise, the many climate models and studies failed dismally in
establishing a man-made cause of catastrophic global warming.
Meanwhile, increasing evidence indicates that most of the warming comes
of natural phenomena.

Dr. Allegre now sees global warming as over-hyped
and an environmental concern of second rank.
Dr. Allegre is perhaps best known for his research on the structural
and geochemical evolution of the Earth’s crust and the creation of its
mountains, explaining both the title of his article in l’ Express and
his revulsion at the nihilistic nature of the climate research debate.

The nihilistic nature of the climate research debate – spot on! What frightens me about the environmentalists is that they recommend restricting ourselves back to stone age. Instead of harnessing innovation and searching for alternatives, the doomsday scenarios is what it is all about. Coupled with the urge to dictate what the rest of us should do, we have a long-term restriction on the very things that drives innovation – clear understanding of the problem, redundancy and waste (yes, that too is necessary for change), experimentation and focus on the demand, not just on restricting the supply.

In June, I will be attending the Apeldoorn conference in the Hague. This year the focus is on sustainability – the conference title is Facing up to Reality: Choices for a Sustainable World. Well, you can guess what my contribution is going to be… I am looking forward to making the point for redundancy and playful experimentation by the markets. Otherwise, sustainability is nothing but another word for rationing progress.

thanks to Jackie for a hat tip.

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2 Responses to “Good news on the climate front”

  1. Al
    on Mar 8th, 2007
    @ 23:12 pm

    Hahaha I think your view of the environmental movement may itself be a little rooted in the stone age mon ami.

    Check out if you do not believe me…innovation leading the way.

    Green has moved on from looking to the past and is very much now forward facing, and rightly so.

    But that does not mean that responsible consumption is necessarily bad or equally that irresponsible consumption is necessarily bad for that matter. Very contextual really.

    Behaviour is just not something we should legislate against…better to legislate for it personally.

    Governments would have many more fans if they rewarded positive behaviours as much as they seek to punish what they deem to be negative.




  2. Adriana
    on Mar 9th, 2007
    @ 0:27 am

    Yes Al, my thoughts are keep the government out of it. :)

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