The world must accept that every single individual on the globe is entitled to emit the same quantity of greenhouse gases and other pollutants with a global reach. The total amount of each type of pollutant that the world can cope with must be decided on by researchers operating professionally and at arm\’s length from politicians. This amount should be divided by the world\’s population, and national quotas allocated accordingly.
An awareness of exactly how much pollution – and greenhouse gases in particular – the world can stomach would give developing countries a bargaining chip. If they agree to reduce their population growth, and we accept a formula of pollution quotas based on population size, we can all make progress. Current population figures should be the basis for quotas; any future population growth beyond accepted and agreed levels should lead to a cut in the allocation of pollutants.
Hmm, now, imagine you are a ruthless dictator desirous of making the most possible money out of your control of your country and its people.
It\’s not entirely beyond the bounds of believability that such exist now, is it?
So what\’s your best option under this scheme? Slaughter the population and sell their carbon quotas of course.
An interesting set of incentives to organise, don\’t you think?