Oh, right

There is, however, no vaccine for climate change. Nor will there be. There is only a need for changed behaviour, a massively changed economy and a new structuring of how we manage our priorities and Iives, all of which will take time to achieve, which is why the process should be starting now.

But that process is not starting now,

Quite correct, it’s not starting now. It’s been going on for a couple of decades now in fact:

But, you know, trying to teach facts to a potato is difficult.

There are people who know these decisions are required. And there are people who know what needs to be done. But there is an obstacle, and it is the politics of populism, now afflicting both the largest UK political parties, neither of whom now seem capable of delivering any form of effective political leadership.

That sounds terribly like someone shouting that the people should just shut up and do what they’re damn well told, doesn’t it?

12 thoughts on “Oh, right”

  1. Tim – surely what has actually happened in that most of that carbon dioxide emission has been exported to China with their well known concern for environmental questions.

    To a large extent carbon dioxide emission are a function of consumption and as consumption has risen so has CO2 emissions.

    Plus the additional due to the vast amounts of CO2 emitted shipping atuff from A to B then B to C etc.

    I should be most surprised if there has been any reduction at all once the sums are done properly including everthing.

    And furthermore I wouldn’t give a shit because it is ridiculous to believe that miniscule variations of a trace gas in the atmosphere have any real world effect. Other than in the heads of retards and environmentalists. But I repeat myself.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    There is only a need for changed behaviour, a massively changed economy and a new structuring of how we manage our priorities and Iives, all of which will take time to achieve, which is why the process should be starting now.

    Absolutely. And we can all do our bit. I suggest he sets a good example by no longer blogging.

    Toss the mobile phone too

  3. No matter what the perceived problem, by some miracle the answer is always the same. Give power and control to nutcases. Or socialists, if there is a distinction.

  4. Waaaaah! Why won’t the stupid populace elect the people who will take decisions the way I want? IT’S NOT FAIR!!

    © Spud-u-dislike + a small, but fanatical, rump of Remainiacs led by Adonis, Grayling et al

  5. I have been following the volcanic eruption on Hawaii. At its peak the volcano was emitting some 20000 tonnes of Sulphur Dioxide a day. It has now reduced to about 2000 tonnes.This rather puts into perspective the emissions from my Micra when I drive into town.

  6. johnd2008: One does wonder how much CO2 the volcano is emitting. I’m sure your CO2 emissions are trivial in comparison.

    That’s why I believe the CO2 measurements should be taken at the South Pole instead of Mauna Loa. But of course the climate of Hawaii is nice and warm, unlike Antarctica.

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    Tim doesn’t it ever worry you that you’re on the same side of the climate fence as Potato Man?

    Interesting you think that. I’ve been reading this blog almost since it started and to the best of my knowledge he’s never expressed his opinion on climate change either way. What he has done is point out the mistakes and incontinences in the climate change is killing us all arguments, mostly using the IPCC as his evidence.

    If I had to guess I’d say Tim is is a sceptic but doesn’t go down that route publicly so he can’t be dismissed as a “denier”.

  8. @BiND

    “he can’t be dismissed as a “denier”.”

    But of course, he would be.

    “Should we stop and think about this for a bit”, whether on climate change, lockdown, immigration or whatever automatically makes you a racist neoliberal capitalist Nazi rentier who wants old people, babies, seals and baby seals to be BBQ’d alive and eaten.

  9. If Herr OberKartoffel took the same position as me – have a carbon tax, good, we’re done, now shut up – I’d welcome it as his being right for once. As he doesn’t then I don’t see that we’re on the same side. Nor, obviously, is he correct.

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