WW III and Climate Change

This is nonsense of course:

The battle to deal with climate change needs to be fought like "World War Three", the head of the Environment Agency has warned.


"This is World War Three – this is the biggest challenge to face the globe for many, many years. We need the sorts of concerted, fast, integrated and above all huge efforts that went into many actions in times of war.

"We\’re dealing with this as if it is peacetime, but the time for peace on climate change is gone – we need to be seeing this as a crisis and emergency," she said.

Something that is going to happen over several centuries is nothing like a war at all. This is simply the institutional memory of a bureaucracy harking back to the days when they got to boss people around.

She said measures such as improving the resilience of existing homes to flooding, not building on floodplains and improving water use efficiency were needed.

That\’s more like the sort of level of things we\’re talking about. Sticking water meters in, not doing things isanely stupid like building on ht Thames Gateway flood plain….simple enough and not in any way "war".

Robert Watson, chief scientist of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, was asked later whether Britain needed to spend 42 per cent of its budget on climate change as the United States did on the war in World War Two. He said tackling climate change required will but was possible at relatively little cost.

Quite, in fact, if we were actually being sensible about this we could tackle it at no cost to us. Allow those in the future, who will be far richer than us, to deal with it.

4 thoughts on “WW III and Climate Change”

  1. Letters From A Tory

    Wait a minute – I thought Alan Johnson said recently that obesity was the biggest problem facing our society along with climate change?…

  2. Comparing controlling carbon emissions with world war III makes a lot of sense – either would do about the same amount of damage, and indeed, as I suggested here, approaching the problem of controlling carbon emissions logically would actually lead one to starting World War III.

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