9 comments on “A rather snarky observation

  1. In the same way I suppose, that the lentil-munchers’ solution to global warming is for us all to… err… munch lentils.

  2. We are 😉
    It’s like anything else with an engineer, you give him a problem he’ll (usually) produce a solution, though whether or not it will be practical or cost effective is another matter entirely.

  3. Oh and look – even accountants other than Ritchie demand a piece of the action. Apparently, as the Accountancy Age editorial tells us, there is a “pressing need to integrate concern for the environment into every aspect of our working lives. “

  4. QM comments:

    It’s like anything else with an engineer, you give him a problem he’ll (usually) produce a solution, though whether or not it will be practical or cost effective is another matter entirely.

    Erk! Engineers are the ones who do produce practical cost-effective solutions, if there are such solutions to be found. That’s what they do: the reason for their existence is to apply science and technology for the good of business and society.

    Engineers may well investigate potential solutions, that turn out to be impractical and/or not cost-effective, but they are unlikely to recommend implementing them, and certainly not in preference to other solutions that are more practical and/or more cost-effective.

    Scientists, on the other hand, are just seekers after knowledge. They have no responsibility to direct their work for the good of business or society, though they sometimes do take that into account in deciding what to work on. And of course, those who fund scientists often look at the potential payback: and sometimes make the right decisions.

    And Tim, given the economic advantages of specialisation, why should people with one skillset base their recommendations on other skillsets, about which they know much less.

    Anyway, here the issue is different. We actually have no real catastrophe from anthropogenic global warming, so there is no need for such solutions.

    Best regards

  5. I’m not sure I’d trust a bunch of Mechanical Engineers who’ve concluded that we should spend vast sums of money mitigating Global Warming in the face of the evidence that Climate Change is largely natural and that modest warming is beneficial.

    I probably trust even less those who’ve concluded that extracting the gas that the vast majority of life on earth depends on to live is an acceptable way of attempting to control the uncontrolable.

    Still, if every other profession has its snout in the AGW trough, why not the IME.

  6. you don’t hear much about mechanical engineers these days but there’s plenty of them and they are utterly critical to the modern world.

    It is interesting to reflect that Jordan (the celeb,not the country) gets much more media coverage than the totality of mechanical engineers and what they do.

    Long live the engineers!!

  7. This sounds like a joke that needs a physicist and an economist as well.

    “…and the economist said, ‘Let us assume we have a can-opener.’ “

  8. If my last meeting at the IMechE is anything to go by, most of its members will be dead and buried long before CO2 levels become critical. Even if that is in about 10 years time.

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